It’s Official: Cheerleading is not a sport

I fear for sport.

I don’t mean that I shake, lose sleep and worry in order to make a smoothie from my competitive juices.

No, I simply worry that certain activities are so desperate to be classified as a sport that they will go to lengths that are, frankly, painful.

The latest — and, perhaps, lowest — form of human movement that is desperate to be deemed sporting is cheerleading.

Cheerleading is to sport what manning a concession stand is to the cinema.

It actually involves turning your back on a game being played, in order to remind those who are watching that they are supposed to watch loudly.

It comprises movements even dancing would reject.

Indeed, it comprises movements even “Dancing With The Stars” would deem unseemly.

Cheerleading requires more false smiles than a first date, more leg kicks than are often seen at Radio City Hall and more appalling clothing than you’ve ever seen in, say, Wichita, Kansas.

Some cheerleaders even spend their time clutching what looks like a papier-mache megaphone.

And these people want classification alongside Muhammad Ali, Peyton Manning and Lionel Messi?

These people think they’re worthy of the same designation as LeBron James?

Please forgive what seems like excessive fulmination on my part. It is, in fact, exultation, as I’ve received word from Fox Sports that a judge in Connecticut has slapped down the very idea that cheerleading is, should be or even can be a sport.

It seems that Quinnipiac University had petitioned the court that cheerleading was a legitimate sport. Why would it do this? So that it could do away with its women’s volleyball team.

It's lovely. But it isn't sport.

It’s lovely. But it isn’t sport.

Please consider that for a moment.

A bunch of ill-dressed soi-disant dancers were being presented as a legitimate alternative to people who set a ball, spike a ball and roll around on hard surfaces in an attempt to prevent that ball from hitting the ground.

The cheerleading team had been renamed “Acrobatics and Tumbling.”

This is like deciding to call sitting “Hip-Flexing.”

This is like deciding to call nose-picking “Corporal Archaeology.”

The judge was clearly bound by certain technicalities, some of them legal. He noted that there was, as yet, no NCAA “Acrobatics and Tumbling” championship.

Those who observe the nauseating piousness of that organization must wonder how the idea for such a championship could have escaped it.

If even the NCAA, with its pitiful money-grabbing ways, doesn’t recognize your activity as a sport, then no amount of human pyramidding can make it so.

Cheerleading is for those people who think synchronized swimming is too daring and taste is for those who might be termed French.

It is for those who see Xanax in their near-future and Ritalin in their recent past or present.

A cheerleader is someone who wants to organize a party, but fears that no one will come.

So instead, she (or, in some cases, he) puts on clothing designed by a blind, drunk St. Bernard, twists their face into a smile perfected by Stepford Wives and brush salesmen and shouts the same thing over and over again, in the hope that someone will listen.

It’s true that some NBA teams, in particular, have tried to bring cheerleading past the early 20th century.

It’s also true that an NBA cheerleader was the first “Bachelorette.”

I know and even respect that cheerleaders enjoy themselves, create camaraderie and all order the same cocktails in bars.

It is, in its way, entertainment. But this is not to be confused with sport.

In sport, you get hurt trying to win. In cheerleading, you get funny looks trying to be taken seriously.

As I’m sure US District Court Judge Stefan R. Underhill offered on hearing some of the enthusiastic arguments of the “Cheerleading Is A Sport” cabal.

 

 

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  1. allie says:

    i argue with the cheerleaders.. its not a sport. they aren’t scored they are judged. and despite what other people say i will continue to agree with the people that say cheerleading isn’ta sport .

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    • Vicki says:

      I agree with you as long as far as sideline cheer goes but all star cheer is very different and for many people it is their life they eat, sleep and breath it. Now I’m not going to compare it to other sports because those athletes work very hard but so do all star cheerleaders, just educate yourself with the types of cheer, maybe you’ll (if not change your opinion) at east understand my perspective. All I’m asking for is an open mind, any ways, Thanks for your opinion.

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      • Ismael says:

        Are you sure with that?????For your information Cheerleading is a very good sport… you can develop your cognitive, affective, and psycho-motor skills. Compose of a team that helps together to make their performance better. Some of the squad join in the competition like ICU- International Cheerleading Union… this is a proof that cheerleading is a sport because it involves physical activity that is governed by a set of rules. Also Sports Defined as a “physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.

        We can say that cheerleading is not a sport. Do you think the primary purpose of cheerleading is to compete? Well, presently no. The majority of cheerleading squads do not participate in any competitions. Their sole purpose is to entertain, motivate and unite spectators of other athletic teams that are competing. Cheerleading is most often defined as the “Act of leading organized cheering, as at sports events.”

        But for us cheerleading is a sport, a team sports that apply several techniques and strategies.
        Reflect in this motto ” We are Few, the Chosen, the Loud and the Proud”…… ” NO PAIN, NO GAIN”…. :)

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      • James says:

        Because someone puts majority of their energy into something doesn’t change what it is. I know people who eat sleep drink and breath Choir. does that make Choir a sport? No. And like cheer leading there or Choir competitions. Hell Band has Competitions. Doesn’t make any of these more of a sport. there is not opponent impeding your ability to do what you need/want to do. there is no common means to judge whether or not on cheer squad made more “points” than another. cheering has a purpose. To raise moral of the team they are cheering for.

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        • Sydney says:

          Okay you obviously do not understand, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, AND COMPETEING AGAINST OTHER TEAMS, all star cheer does both of those, but choir and hell band doesn’t those 2 are hobbies, and so is side line cheer, it’s a hobbie, and I know that all star cheer isn’t legally a sport but, it sure is physicaly and the definition of sport is “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.” and in all star cheer (not sideline) it is an activity involving physical exertion and skill, and it is a team that competes against others for entertainment. So it may not be legally a sport but it sure is considered a sport by many, because it really is.

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          • admin says:

            Oh, Syndey,

            I’m very happy for you to think it’s a sport.

            I (and the judge) happen to disagree.

          • Lydia says:

            I completely agree it is a sport my daughter tumbles like any gymnast, and has a six pack at age 8. She trains continually for all star cheerleading and I’d love to put any athlete from any sport through her training regimen it would be eye opening. It’s highly competitive and difficult to get on the team, and we compete continually. I’ve played many of the “sports” listed as acceptable and know for a fact that all star cheer has athletes on par with any other sport. Maybe some you tube video’s of all star cheer are in order.
            Prior to her experience I would have agreed with you, but cheer has grown in recent years. Where I live even level 4 gymnastics tumbling skills won’t guarantee you a spot on a cheer team because competition is fierce. Try going into a local gym with all star cheer and watch a practice before judging after watching bouncy girls at a school sporting event.

          • rachael says:

            I agree 100 percent with you Sydney. It is the hardest sport out there cheerleaders don’t get hurt trying to get the ball, they get hurt catching each other. School cheer isn’t a sport but they should still be respected for pumping up the crowd and supporting the athletes. What most people don’t realize is there is two kinds of cheer and allstars is definitely a sport they entertain, they have athletic ability, and they compete.

          • admin says:

            Allstars? Such a sweet misnomer.

          • Chris,
            I am an allstar cheerleader and agree with Sydney. I don’t want to be rude but can you please watch this video https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=K-PjMsDapR4
            Also, may I please ask that you have more respect towards cheerleaders and have more information before you tell the whole world it’s not a sport.
            Thank you for taking the time to read this

            Hannah, The ATHLETE

          • admin says:

            Dearest Hannah,

            Thank you for being polite.

            Thank you also for that very charming clip of some nice people trying to become Beyonce’s backing dancers.

            Sadly, it doesn’t persuade me that your recreation is sport.

            But I am very delighted that you enjoy it.

        • Mia says:

          This is so true. I couldn’t agree more. Cheerleaders have elaborated their activity, that doesn’t make it a sport. Sure, they do some pretty dangerous stunts, but that’s because they’ve tried to make cheerleading more appealing. As a dancer, I get the question all the time: “so what’s better, dance or cheer?” There’s absolutely no comparison. Dance is an art. Cheer is an organized activity.

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          • rachael says:

            Cheer is dance taken to a higher and better level just sayin :P

          • admin says:

            Higher? Um, no. Better, ah, well, no. But thank you for trying.

          • Admin Sucks says:

            YOUR WEAK ASS WOULDNT LAST 20 SECONDS IN A CHEER PRACTICE. OUR MUSCLES BEND FARTHER THAN THEY SHOULD EVER BE BENT. WE THROW 100LB GIRLS IN THE AIR, GET PUNCHED , KICKED & SCRATCHED THEN CATCH THEM. WE DEFY GRAVITY AND TUMBLE HIGHER AND FASTER THEN THE BASIC HUMAN WOULD EVER BE ABLE TO DO. SO ” ADMIN ” DO ALL OF THAT & THEN SAY CHEER ISNT A SPORT. ACTUALLY YOU WILL BE BREATHLESS & SPEECHLESS AFTER SEEING HOW TALENTED EVERY SINGLE CHEERLEADER IS. YOUR THICK SKULL IS FULL OF STUPID SHIT YOUR MIND LIKES TO THINK IS IMPORTANT. KEEP YOU FUCKING OPINIONS TO YOURSELF. NO ONE NEEDS YOUR SHIT. IM USUALLY A NICE PERSON BUT IF SOMEONE INSULTS MY SPORT, MY FAMILY, MY LIFE , I WILL NOT DEAL WITH ANYONES BULK SHIT.

          • admin says:

            Thank you for that erudite defense of your twee little recreation.

    • megan says:

      you should try to know more about cheerleading. in competition we win because our score is higher than the other teams

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      • admin says:

        Yes, just like Dancing With The Stars.

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        • Kayla says:

          Just like basketball, just like football, just like soccer, just like every other sport in the world.

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          • admin says:

            I was with you, until I realized you were talking about cheerleading.

          • Nichi says:

            Basketball, football, etc. have objective scores. You made the goal or you didn’t. Cheerleading has subjective judges.

          • Nathan says:

            You all are stupid i agree with Admin that its not a sport! yaaaa everyone can kick there leg up above there waist. YAAAAAAAAA good for you cheerleading would be soooo easy! 5 girls lift up a girl and shes only 100 pounds! which if cheerleaders were smart…. which there not they would know its only 20 pounds per person! try a real sport you will all die of exhaustion!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • anonymous says:

            To Nathan-first off 2 girls lift one girl and you’ve obviously never heard of one manning. That’s when only one person lifts someone…so 5 girls lifting one girl? I’ve never heard of it, seen it, or even know how you would do that.

          • Anon says:

            Just like lots of people say, I agree sideline cheering is not a sport. However, all star cheerleading most definitely IS a sport. These girls practice, condition, and compete. They’re in better shape than girls I see that play other sports like basketball, field hockey, swimming, cross country, etc. All star cheering requires lots of strength and stamina.
            Look up on youtube ‘California Allstars Smoed Worlds 2013′
            Look up ‘Top Gun Large Coed Worlds 2013′
            Look up ‘Cheer Athletics Panthers’
            or just watch ‘Cheerleaders’ on Awesomeness Tv on youtube

            ATHLETE: a person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength; a participant in a sport, exercise, or game requiring physical skill.

            SPORT: an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature

        • You sure you’re not just a pathetic girl that was rejected by allstars, and sent away even by sideline, and instead of working your abs off for a chance to make it, you say on the couch and bitched about how you’re gonna make cheerleaders pay? Cause that’s what it seems like hun ^.^

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        • Bailey says:

          Dancer compete at competitions too? They are judged too? What makes dance a sport and cheerleading not?

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        • G says:

          Your ignorance to what cheerleaders actually do is frankly appauling and I would like to apologize for your own stupidity. Maybe you can judge us for cheering on the sidelines, but as soon as your dumb ass tries to accomplish in a month what cheerleaders can in one day, you’ll keep your opinions to yourself. You couldn’t pull off in a million years what cheerleaders do in one. Do your reasearch and maybe you would know that. And stop flinging your damn judge at everyone. One or two people against thousands. Yeah. And excuse me for saying so but your judge isn’t here to back you up. I’d invest is a roll of ducktape to tie up your hands before you type something like this again. Honestly you’re such a fool.

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        • Emily says:

          PLEASE! Everyone who doesn’t believe cheer leading is a sport come and join me at a practice of mine and i invite you to participate! I bet you’ll die! Finally you’ll realize how much work we put into this! We respect what ever sports you play ( even if its golf, which i don’t understand how that’s a sport and cheer leading isn’t but – ) so why can’t you respect ours! Like seriously tuck off! Oh wait you can’t!

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          • Nichi says:

            So when did being hard make something a sport? Quantum physics is hard, too. Is it a sport?

          • Mia says:

            Cheerleading is hard, I’ll give you that. I cheered, now I dance. But cheerleaders have made their activity difficult and challenging by incorporating gymnastics and lifts.

          • Carrigan says:

            Ok whoever said quantum physics was hard you are an idiot that is not even in the same ballpark. Cheerleading takes athletic ability like no other. You must have endurance, strength, speed and so many other qualities. Also, you have to get punched, kicked, scraped and do it all with a smile on your face. And whoever said you don’t get scored you get judged.. WRONG AGAIN. That explains why my team won by half a point sending us into nationals. Try again friends(:

          • Nathan says:

            Ok emily come and join one of my practices you will diiee! cheerleaders conditioning is kicking your leg up and down! try and play basektball or football and you will cry like a little bitch!!!!! Cheerleading is not a sport! like i said before all you do and say is gooooo team and kick your leg up…. all the cheerleaders are just brats who think there pretty which there not…. get a life!

          • J says:

            Try a wrestling practice let’s see how in shape you are then

          • Alexandra says:

            Tuck off??? I feel so insulted. If you guys are in so much shape then just try motocross. Come and try a practice. Maybe quite literally you’ll die like a lot of other people have doing this sport.

      • Mia says:

        Same as dance competitions, but you don’t see dance teams arguing to be classified as a sport. We’re proud being an art. Just be proud of being an organized activity.

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        • admin says:

          Mia,

          You are very wise.

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          • Alli says:

            …. And you’re an idiot.

            I’m not going to “argue” with anyone, proving that cheerleading is a sport, because it is.. But coming from a Worlds champion on an ALL STAR CHEERLEADING SQUAD, not a sideline cheer squad, It is 100% a sport. Anyone who says its an “organized activity”, you better rephrase dancing then.. because we dance too! (which is a sport), gymnastics as well, (which, again, is a sport), and stunting, that some people think we’re just trying to make it “appealing”, No, it’s to show how hard we work our butts off, to make you appreciate what we do, like we appreciate every other sport out there. To disrespect every cheerleader, downgrading our passion, you’re just a low life who wants to tear down another SPORT, to make yours seem so much better. In all honesty, why argue? Everyone has an opinion, and no one can convince anyone if they don’t want to listen. simple as that. Get your head out of your ass and shut up. you’re not required to classify what we do. Why do you care anyway? If you’re STILL going to argue with me, go to a effing gym and go do a tumbling pass, and get thrown 30ft in the air, and break your neck while you’re at it! Cause I guarantee you can’t do ANY of the shit we do, and anything that takes THAT much physical activity, and THAT much physical strength, IS CONSIDERED A SPORT! Thank you :)

          • admin says:

            You say: “Everyone has an opinion.” You also say: “Shut up.”

            You are a great advertisement for your recreation.

        • Kasara says:

          …But dance is ‘officially’ a sport http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Association_of_IOC_Recognised_International_Sports_Federations

          And though this doesn’t affect me in Canada, in the USA because cheerleading is not ‘officially’ considered a sport it brings up all of safety issues as it is relatively unregulated in schools.

          As well those who say cheerleading isn’t a sport because winners are judged on performance and not on who has the highest score after directly scoring points in a hoop, net etc, does that make gymnastics or figure skating not a sport either? I think the IOC and ARISF would disagree with you.

          In response to this “A bunch of ill-dressed soi-disant dancers were being presented as a legitimate alternative to people who set a ball, spike a ball and roll around on hard surfaces in an attempt to prevent that ball from hitting the ground” Us “ill-dressed soi-distant dancer” may not prevent a ball from hitting the ground but we do prevent a person from hitting the ground.

          Lastly, I do agree with you though that the NCAA, UCA, NCA, etc. are corrupt, and because of money try to prevent cheerleading from officially being recognized as a sport.

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        • G says:

          Hey Nathan. Just because you got turned down by a cheerleader doesnt mean you have to lash out. Honestly, let’s be mature here, shall we? And you couldn’t complete a cheerleader’s conditioning because you obviously dont know what it is. You’re forgiven for your ignorance, but dont make the same mistake again.

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        • Sylvi says:

          Wow. I like you! I think dancer’s should be proud that they can practice such an art, and realize that it cannot be classified as a sport and an art, and there are certainly advantages to practicing the art! You can get into performance arts schools for it!

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    • Rebecca says:

      Cheerleaders get scored!!! Its called a competition where JUDGES SCORE the cheerleaders dumbass!!!!

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      • admin says:

        Cheerleaders get scored? Gosh, so does Maria Menounos on Dancing with the Stars. That doesn’t make it a sport.

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        • Rebecca says:

          no getting scored doesn’t mean it is a sport i will agree with you on that!! but Cheerleading does require a good memory, agility, strength, endurance, flexibility, and speed!! all of the requirements to be a sport!! You have no facts that say cheerleading isn’t a sport while i have facts that say it is!!! what you said was an opinion! what i say is fact!!

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          • admin says:

            Oh, Rebecca,

            It’s cheerleading. I’ve watched it. It’s fun. But it’s really no different than Dancing With The Stars.

            That’s hard too. They get injured too. And somebody has to lift all shapes and sizes.

            But it isn’t a sport either.

          • Corryn says:

            Ok just to let everyone know cheerleading is not a sport! It was ruled not a sport by the people who run the Olympics! Some of you have no idea what the hell you are talking about here! I just want to make it clear I play softball and my best friend was a cheerleader and plays softball with me. She did competitive cheer and said it was easier than anything. Softball is hard core work out everyday. What do you do in cheer scream loud random things to everybody hoping maybe somebody will watch you instead of an actual game. News flash for you nobody watches the cheerleaders were to busy watching the game going on behind you!

          • Anonymous says:

            Every cheerleader gets upset when someone says cheerleading is not a sport. Whether it’s a football player in one of your classes, a teacher who talks down about cheerleading, or a friend who doesn’t understand why you’re not involved in something else “more athletic,” you want people to know that being a cheerleader does make you an athlete!
            Usually people make negative comments about cheerleading because they know it gets under your skin, but some people truly believe cheerleading has zero athleticism behind it. So, what can you say to prove them wrong and in turn get a little respect? Remember the best argument is an educated one, so give them the facts!
            A sport must be a physical activity which involves propelling a mass through space or overcoming the resistance of mass. “Contesting” or competing against/with an opponent is required. It must have rules that define the time, space, and purpose of the contest and the conditions under which who wins. Acknowledgement that the primary purpose of the competition is a comparison of the relative skills of the participants.
            Cheerleading includes lots of physical activity. Cheerleaders must learn to tumble. They perform standing back flips, round flip flops, and other stunts. Cheerleaders also perform lifts and tosses. This is where the “flyers” are thrown in the air, held by “bases” in different positions that require strength and cooperation with other teammates, this fits the first rule.
            There are competitions every week in cheerleading. Also, there are rules in cheerleading such as time limit, mat size, and score sheets. You know those competitions on ESPN? Those are national championship.
            As you see, cheerleading fits all four of the rules so far. There are still two more rules to consider cheerleading a sport. The physical activity fit all of the rules above and the primary purpose is competition versus other teams or individuals within a competition structure comparable to other ‘athletic’ activities.
            This is where your argument ends. Not because of any physical definition –as you can see cheerleading meets ALL of the athletic specifications, but because cheerleading primary purpose to support high school athletic teams, and competition comes second!

          • admin says:

            You tried so hard there.

            I prefer to use the same judgment that Judge Potter Stewart used with respect to pornography.

            Cheerleading is not a sport. It is dressage for humans.

          • Kassidy says:

            People say golf is a sport but cheer is more of a sport than golf will ever be and in every sport you have to be tough well in cheer you learn to be tough I don’t know what all the people who are saying cheer isn’t a sport are thinking well I know that in previous days cheer was just for sports to “RALLY UP THE CROUD” and it’s not the same days as that okay and if you didn’t know there is something called COMPETITIVE CHEER and its official that you have to be competitive in a sport am I right and if you are in sideline cheer it’s okay 75% sport but in competitive cheer than it’s real business it has bid offers ,like football, and we have world competitions , like the superbowl and the Olympics thank you very much and also in cheer you have to be flexible, strong , tough , and more. I agree with Rebecca.HAVE I MADE MYSELF CLEAR!

        • Connie says:

          You need to just quit typing, your opinion is worth zero; you have no idea what cheeleaders endure during thier grueling practices so shut the hell up hater!

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          • admin says:

            I have endured terrible strains shopping.

            This doesn’t make shopping a sport.

          • admin says:

            Madam, You have no idea what I endure every time I have to listen to someone who sounds like Woody Woodpecker.

            However, my endurance does not make listening to Woody Woodpecker a sport.

          • Halle says:

            aA lot of people think cheerleading isn’t a sport. I agree cheerleading on the sidelines is not but if you have ever gone to a competition you would agree on saying it is a sport. We compete with not just one team but many others and no we don’t score in a net or a basket but we do get scored on how good we perform. And I think cheerleaders get hurt the same amount as football players do. Cheerleaders can get concussions we can break a bone it’s not just about going out there and putting on a fake smile it is about going out there and putting everything you have into what you love to do. Dancing is considered a sport and we do that. Gymnastics is considered a sport and we do that. People say lifting weights is hard well we lift people. Even though some have 4 or 5 people under them it is hard to keep them up there. It’s not always equaled out to 20 pounds each sometimes only 2 or 1 person is under there. I just don’t see how if u put dancing Gymnastics and lifting all in one it’s not considered a sport when they are all sport or difficult. You shouldn’t be saying something isn’t a sport until you have tried it yourself.

          • admin says:

            Hmm. So you shouldn’t say something is art, unless you’ve painted something yourself?

          • a says:

            you people need to get a life cheer intact is a fucking sport i would love to see you out of shape dumbasses try it football you throw a fucking ball cheer you throw fucking people this makes me mad!!!!!!!!!!! I DARE YOU TO TRY CHEER!!!!!!!! you will die if you do don’t ever say these things again

          • admin says:

            You are even more lyrical than your recreation.

        • Bonnie says:

          You have to understand that’s not the only thing that makes cheerleading is a sport. We have to work very hard, you have to be dedicated, you have to have muscles and strength to do all the things that I bet that you aren’t even capable of doing. We condition, keep our bodies in check, work, compete just like any other sport. You seriously don’t know how hard it is until you try it yourself.

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        • Mad dog says:

          It seems like the only people who think cheerleading is a sport are the cheerleaders. I know that and I’m twelve. I agree with admin.

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        • Kasara says:

          So gymanstics, or figure skating aren’t sports? Somebody should tell the Olympic Committee.

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        • Olivia says:

          Saying cheerleading is not a sport is ‘whatever’, but myself and many others think otherwise (and for legit reasons) I can deal with people saying it isn’t a sport but the second you disrespect what I love and spend my life doing I get mad. We work just as hard, if not harder than other athletes. You are stuck with the stereotype of side-line cheerleaders that scream chants and build pyramids by climbing on top of each other. I bet you if you came to my gym and witnessed even a level one practice you would be so thrown off. We condition and run for hours to stay in shape. Our coaches are honest if everything, if we are sucking, they’ll let us know, and we’ll get punished.
          And I just love how your focusing so much on how we look. Guess what, the judges don’t score us on how we look at competitions. Oh yeah, let’s talk about competitions. We practice for more than two days a week for usually more than three hours for months for these things. We get scored on EVERY LITTLE DETAIL. The competitions aren’t like other competitions sure, but that does not at all justify that cheer isn’t a sport. Cheerleading is a whole other type of sport that is why you’re so confused. You can’t even comprehend what we do. Blood sweat and tears are put into everything we do. Tumbling means you have to be fit in every way shape and form and you have to be precise. It takes skill and years of practice. Bases lift people, and on the other end, flyers touch ceilings. We don’t have a ball or a puck but neither does wrestling or swimming, and those are sports. So are we. Never disrespect what any one loves because it is the worst thing you can every do. I’ve spent half of my life on this SPORT and I am not quitting any time soon.

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    • Constance says:

      It is a sport! Those girls (and some guys) go out for the same heat enduring practice sessions as the football players and work their butts off. Shows what you know! Obviously you have never went to cheer conditioning or stunt camp. Cheerleaders are disiplined individuals who enjoy the SPORT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

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      • admin says:

        The mere concept of ‘cheer conditioning’ might make more than person titter uncontrollably.

        Effort does not make it a sport.

        Just as it doesn’t make “Dancing With The Stars” a sport.

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        • George says:

          okay to clarify things, there are two types of cheer leading, sideline and competitive. COMPETITIVE, we have competitions, we work just as hard as any football, soccer, basketball or baseball athlete. YES WE ARE ATHLETES, and QUITE FRANKLY “we’re athletes in better clothing”. what are you a dumb ass? do you know what those people in Dancing in the Stars do? they do DANCE SPORTS. stupid! Dancing in the Stars is a TV SHOW, but the thing they’re portraying is a SPORT, DANCE SPORTS.

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          • admin says:

            Athletes in better clothing, eh?

            Of course you are.

          • Kassidy says:

            you are right

          • rob says:

            LOL… Dance sports.

          • rob says:

            My daughter decided she wanted to try competitive cheer.
            She trains MMA and Jiu Jitsu and does yoga 5 days a week, as well as wrestling and lacrosse during their seasons. She went to the competition cheer group for a week. Her reasons for NOT wanting to continue?
            She said that she didn’t like it because: it was too easy, she wasn’t getting a decent work out, it wasn’t as competitive as she would like, and my favorite, she is too busy with sports to do cheerleading anyways. Even my 8 year old knows its not a sport.

          • admin says:

            Sometimes, the children know best.

        • Sophie says:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIa-FY_7Ehg
          Watch this and tell me again that cheerleading does not count as a sport! Just because you’re lazy laying on your couch watching some stupid cheerleading movie, where actors(not real cheerleaders!!!) try to show what cheerleading really is but trust me we don’t do ”give me an A”! We work hard combining tumbling, dancing and acrobatics! Oh I’m sure those don’t count as real sports in your opinion either, right?

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        • A says:

          What’s up with this dancing with the stars thing? I don’t even see how cheerleading is anywhere near comparable to DWTS. Cheerleading is to DWTS as The Olympics are to a game of checkers. Cheerleading is so much more difficult.

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        • a says:

          you are a bitch and need to shut your stupid mouth up you don’t know shit about cheer probably because your to fat to try it is a sport and you better take your head out of your ass and realize it is you stupid ass cunt look up smoed or lady bullets that is a fucking sport you are a cunt

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      • Jason says:

        Having practice and being physically hard does not make something a sport. The competition makes it a sporting activity. In my opinion the activity has to have a clear cut winner not someone judged to be the winner. Cheer leading probably is very tough. So is synchronized swimming but neither are sports because their outcomes are based on someones opinion, no clear cut winner and loser. That goes for any activity. Racing is a sport . Golf is a sport. Fishing is a sport. Basketball is a sport. Cheer leading is not. Gymnastics is not. Dancing is not. All of these activities require athletic ability of some sort but the difference is in how the winners are determined. That makes it a sport.

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      • Nichi says:

        I like the 1s at the end there.

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    • Connie says:

      You really shouldn’t be jealous! You have no clue the different types of cheer. Now listen and take notes: Competition cheer-extensive training, competitive (hence the word), hours upon hours of critiqing and precision…never mind you are a biased ass!!!!!!!!

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    • Cheer says:

      It’s funny cause we actually do get scored. I don’t know why you people keep saying its not a sport when YOU HAVE PROBABLY NEVER DONE IT. Cheerleaders around the world are now committing suicide (especially boys) becuase everyone keeps making fun of us. You don’t actually understand the sport and you don’t understand that when you it’s not a sport it’s personal

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      • Nichi says:

        “you don’t understand that when you it’s not a sport it’s personal”
        Do you even English?

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        • Reply says:

          @ Nichi
          That’s a bit hypocritical. Did you mean ‘speak’? :p
          And cheer is a sport. People who say it’s not are just: A) In denial. B) Not aware of how competitive cheerleading works. C) Not being serious.

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          • admin says:

            Or perhaps they look at it and say to themselves: “That’s not a sport.”

            Of course, people who insist that it is a sport seems to be so very desperate for it to be one. (Oddly, these seem only to be people involved in cheerleading.)

            This desperation exists because they are A) In denial, B) Unaware of how their recreation looks to many others or C) Clinically delusional.

    • Bonnie says:

      Actually, we are scored. We compete with each other. We work just as hard as any other sports team. We have to be fit, conditioned, healthy, and strong. I believe people get sidelines cheer confused with Allstar cheer. Of course I agree that sidelines cheer isn’t a sport. It isn’t a sport to stand, yell, and shake your hips. But Allstar cheerleading is where you have to have strength and dedication. We have to be able to do tumbling that most people can’t even do. I would like to see you try doing a back tuck or round-off backhandspring. Or have the strength to lift a girl up above your head or throw her many feet in the air. We have the Worlds just like how football has the Super Bowl. You guys really don’t know what cheerleading is about until you step in our shoes.

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    • Katie says:

      Ok this is to anyone who thinks cheer isent a sport i do 3 kinds of cheer, football, basketball and competitive i agree that FB and BB cheer is not a sport but compotiton is a sport every day we do a 2 hour practice and go theo up to 3 bottles of water and wake up the next day sore bruised and in some cases broken to all the people who think cheer is not a sport i invite you to one week of practice and we will see how sore you are by Sunday the flyers get broken from falling and the bases get broken from catching the flyers cheer is the most dangerous sport and also requires the most trust between the fler and her base so if you think cheer is not a sport ask to visit some practices and think again!

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    • Emily says:

      Ok, I’m going to start off by saying I’m not trying to be rude, and I’m sorry if begin to rant ; however cheer leading is sport. Most people fail to see there are to different divisions in cheer leading. There is side-line cheering ( which is not a sport ) where the cheerleaders fire up a crowd with cheers and spirit, and there is competitive cheer leading ( Which deserves the title of an official sport. The difference between the two is that competitive cheerleaders work whole seasons, some year round on a routine that consists of a cheer, dance, stunting, and tumbling; meanwhile side line cheer leading just learns a few spirit cheer such as ” Pass it, Pass it, we want a basket!” and preforms it for the crowd during the football/basketball games. Without thinking about that, cheerleaders train hard, and eat right to keep their bodies healthy for the vigorous, and physically demanding season. Once compared both cheer leading, and football are equally as difficult, and cheer leading could possible be more seeing as the football players throw a two pound ball and more often then not drop it, and cheerleaders throw a one hundred or more pound girl in the air and rarely even let her hit the ground. Also with this cheerleaders have to dance, tumble, and jump, adding to the intensity. Finally, before I cut this short, Cheer leading has more injuries a year than any other sport, including foot, basketball, soccer, gymnastics, and anything else. So that is my opinion and I hope that you can please realize how hard we work to compete in cheer leading. We respect your sport, so why can’t you respect ours!

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      • admin says:

        No one questions how hard you work, Emily.

        But sport? Nah.

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        • Sophie says:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIa-FY_7Ehg
          Watch this and tell me again that cheerleading does not count as a sport! Just because you’re lazy laying on your couch watching some stupid cheerleading movie, where actors(not real cheerleaders!!!) try to show what cheerleading really is but trust me we don’t do ”give me an A”! We work hard combining tumbling, dancing and acrobatics! Oh I’m sure those don’t count as real sports in your opinion either, right?

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          • Pablo says:

            It is rediculous you stupid hoe!!!! it is completely pointless!! You shout “give me an A!” while your tumbling and the only thing people enjoy about it is the anticipation of you eating shit!!!!!

        • emily says:

          Ok you just said we work extremely hard why isnt it a sport then? (Even tho I could guve you 50+ reasons why)

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        • Carrigan says:

          I I don’t understand your extreme stupidity. Being an accountant may be hard but that is nowhere near being a cheerleader. Does being an accountant take athletic ability I think not go back to your calculator dumbass

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    • ellie says:

      I disagree with you very much. I believe that SIDELINE cheerleading (the kind where you just support another team and yell ra ra! with a giant megaphone… ) now that is not a sport! but the kind of cheerleading (competitive) is a sport. We are not judged, but actually scored. Its kind of obvious because we get a score sheet at every competition. I just dont understand why people have to pick on my sport. It is and will always be a sport in my book because i bet you that i work 10X harder then any other girl my age in another sport.
      thank you.

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    • Tela Y. says:

      In competitive cheerleading, you are scored, judged, and there is in fact a winner. Therefore, your assumption is wrong. Cheerleading is extremely difficult and requires high levels of floor gymnastics. In many ways, it is more of a sport than many other sports our society claims as true athleticism.

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    • anna says:

      Well actually it is so excuse urself.. we do get scored and u try and do it nd then come say that its not so please stfu

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    • molly says:

      Excuse me but sport like pathetic football cannot even begin to touch the nessisary SKILL of cheerleaders.
      I AM ONE AND YES I AM OFFENDED. Some people thinks its all “smiles and pom poms” but its not look up on facebook the sussex stars (my group) we may be small but we all enjoy it and have fun we are a family a team and it is now a sport kiddo so maybe get your facts right! and stop upseting people ok!

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    • Leah says:

      You sound ridiculous, I’m sorry. If you look at lists of the most “dangerous sports”, cheerleading is higher than football. How is it NOT a sport? You don’t understand the time that most stunters put into tumbling and stunting in general. People mistake cheerleaders to only be the annoying preppy and fake ones on sidelines, and totally forget about the competition aspect of it. I’d like to see you come to my cheerteams practices one day, and I promise you that none of the football players would be able to do the stunts that we do, as it’s so much about the technique. There’s a lot more work put into it than many other sports, but people seem to be so uneducated about it. There’s a whole other world of cheerleading than just the “cheering” that you’ve seen in high schools.

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    • Annefleur says:

      wow and yes, we are scored. At competitions you have a score and deductions, similar to dance competitions. And we don’t just dance around with stupid smiles, we tumble like gymnasts, jump and stunt. These may look easy, but trust me they aren’t. It’s very difficult and tiring to throw a 100 pound girl 20 ft in the air and still catch her while she does tricks in the air.

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    • lacey says:

      Cheerleaders are scored as well. They get score sheets back.

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    • A says:

      Cheerleaders are actually scored and judged. We go to competitions and we are scored for how well we do. There are rules and guidelines. You get points off for doing an illegal stunt (not law illegal, but competition illegal) for it being too dangerous. So I’m going to make a wild guess and say that you have never been a cheerleader, or known a cheerleader, or know anything at all about our sport. Cheerleading is very dangerous, and just as challenging, maybe even more, than any other sport. In football, you throw a ball across the field, run, and then fall into a big pile on top of one another. Now let us compare that to cheerleading. We preform routines in unison, tumble, memorize, and have to get it perfect. On top of that, we do stunts. We throw 100 pound girls, while they preform stunts in the air, then catch them perfectly. Which sounds harder? Cheerleading.

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    • stefanie says:

      im sorry but your wrong. cheerleading is a sport. do yo know what we have to go through? no so sit back down. we go through a lot. sure! ill tell you. so we tumble which we can hurt ourselfs we also stunt which when we are pretty high up in the air and if the flyers make a wrong move well thats gonna be bad. i have experienced falling while my bases havent caught me. fell straight on my back. got the wind knocked out of me. tumbling i slid across my face doing a round off backhandspring back tuck. i can say sooooo much more but ill save my breath to the people who dont agree with me. we work our butts off at competion and once we get to state and win its a miracle.

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    • Anna says:

      Cheerleading is a sport and we are scored in competition! look up cheer competition score card! Get the facts straight before you say anything.

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    • Madison says:

      Actually, we do get scored. The judges score the performance based on whether or not there are falls in stunts and tumbling.

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    • Me says:

      You’re a retard… cheerleading IS scored. There ARE points and score sheets at competitions for *ALL* all star cheerleaders and very few high schools that do compete. Get your facts straight!

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    • kelly says:

      cheerleading is a sport i would like to see you toss someone older than you up in the air and catch them and they accually do get judged in competiotion i could do this all day gimme 5 GOOD reasons cheer isnt a sport

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  2. Brianna says:

    You, my friend are talking about sideline cheering. Competitive cheerleading is a whole different world than sideline cheering. I agree that sideline cheering should not be considered a sport, it’s easy and anyone could do it. Competitive cheerleading should be considered a sport though. If you don’t believe me, search Cheer Athletics Panthers, Cheer Athletics Cheetahs, Cheer Extreme Senior Elite, or Gym Tyme Pink on YouTube. You’d be surprised of what you see. Cheerleading is no longer just sluts in skimpy uniforms, yelling for attention. Competitive cheerleading is more challenging than any sport. And I speak from experience. Throwing someone up in the air, holing them for 20 to 30 seconds, catching them as they trust you when they fall, then tumbling and jumping afterwards is so much harder than it appears. Before you speak bad about something, try it before you judge it.

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    • Dianna says:

      I honestly couldn’t have said it better.

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    • Tyler says:

      Cheerleaders can call it a sport as long as they would like, but in my own opinion, cheer cannot even be compared to sports like Football and basketball. Sports are tests against all areas of athleticism like strength, speed, agility, power, and should make an athlete use their head. Cheer requires none of this except maybe agility. Even competitive cheer is just a lot of tumbling and is not really done against an opponent.

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      • Rebecca says:

        Do you think its easy throwing a 100+ pound person in the air and hold them above your head while they use there flexibility to pull hard stunts thats football players cant even come close to doing??? Have you ever even tried it! Its not as easy as it sounds!!! Its difficult and dangerous!! People can seriously get hurt or even die from a stunt that goes wrong!!! It takes some serious strength and muscle to get them up there!!! Oh and FYI if cheerleaders and weak then why do most of them have abs that you probably cant pull off!??

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        • admin says:

          Holding a drunken giraffe above your head while you walk up Spanish Steps isn’t easy either. It doesn’t make it a sport.

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          • Rebecca says:

            what i was getting at is that Cheerleading isn’t as easy as you think it is!! its a lot of hard work!!! People say that dancing is a sport and gymnastics is a sport. Cheerleading is a combination of the two and IS A SPORT!!!!! Cheerleading requires great memory, agility, strength, flexibility, and speed. all of the requirements to be a sport!!! and if you say it isn’t then why do they have National Cheerleading competitions called Worlds that are held every year!!! If it isn’t a sport then why are there gyms designed for cheerleading, companies that will sponsor them, and National Cheer Awards and trophies that are given to the cheer teams at competitions!!! Cheerleading is a sport!! Your argument is invalid!! you have no facts that say cheerleading isn’t a sport while i have facts that say it is!!!

          • A says:

            Where could I get a drunken giraffe because I want one!

          • Alexandra says:

            That right there just made my day.

        • Connie says:

          Why are you even arguing with an insensative pig egotistic ass that has no clue or right to even be presenting a rebuttle in regards to a subject that he is a total dumb ass in? Serioiusly, this guy has to hide behing a social media!!! He probably beats women too!

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      • Connie says:

        Really, guess what…you are stupid and obviously have no idea what you are talking about. Cheerleaders work out and practice the same amount of hours as the boys running in the grass catching a ball, and screetching tennis shoes running across a wooden floor and then some!!!!!!!!! Go take a pill

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      • rosie says:

        Cheer does use strength ( hello holding and throwing people in the air. Idiot.) And tumbling requires a lot of strength.. not just whipping out the tumbling move but also making it look good and being tight.. speed for running around the mat from each stunt and quick motions. Agility and power also go with what was already mentioned….so…^^^that made no sense..

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      • Clearly you are uneducated because lifting people up requires strength and flying requires strength too. Tumbling requires power, as well as basing. Cheerleaders use there head very often. They have to remember each motion of a set routine. Speed is also required. Running into a tumbling pass is hard. You cant just walk into them. Tumbling is part of gymnastics, gymnastics is a sport, therefor cheer IS a SPORT. It is done against an opponent because you COMPETE. Hense the word “COMPETITIVE” cheer. Idiot

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        • admin says:

          It is quite difficult to accept an accusation of being uneducated, when it comes from someone who cannot distinguish between “their” and “there.”

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      • Dan says:

        Honestly, Football shouldn’t be used as an example of all areas of athleticism. When the coaching staff are by far the most important players on the team, you’re doing something wrong.

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      • ellie says:

        Actually, we go head to head with about 18-30 teams usually (in my division) way more competitiors and people you have to beat then football and baseball. Cheerleading requires everything you mentioned. i weigh 100 pounds and i base a girl that weighs 96. I highly do not think you could base a person only 4 pounds lighter then you …. also we require speed because we use tons of speed doing tumbling. We need to use our head to figure out how to nail tumbling, and ways to keep the flyer in the air. We also use tons of power when we tumble.
        Thank You,
        next time do some research before you open your mouth (:

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    • kassidy says:

      thank you and I’m the one who gets thrown

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    • molly says:

      yes your are correct thank god you agree im a sussex star go cheer whoop whoop!

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  3. brianna says:

    Cheerleading isn’t a sport, it’s a way of life…

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  4. Lili says:

    BRIANNA couldn’t have said it better! Get your facts straight, Chris Matyszczyk!!!

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  5. Cara says:

    Actually, cheerleaders are scored and judged. Competitive cheer is a lot different from sideline cheer, as someone else has already mentioned. It involves gymnastics and dance, and if you consider those sports than cheerleading is as well. Cheerleaders do get hurt trying to win in competitions and run the risk of several permanent injuries the same as other sports. Feel free to look up the videos and articles Brianna has suggested, I’m sure you’ll find it enlightening.

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  6. Becca says:

    I was so disgusted after reading this article! I feel as if it was written by someone who tried to be a cheerleader and didnt make the team. My daughter has been a competitive cheerleader going on 6 seasons… She eats breathes and sleeps it… Blood sweat and tears go Into her and all her teammates practices and competitions every time…. Injuries don’t stop them, being so sore they can barley move doesn’t stop them. This was one of the most offensive and ignorant articles I’ve ever read any parent or athlete in competitive not sideline cheer should be very offended…. One day cheer will be consider a sport in the “books” and these amazing girls and boys will show everyone how much of a sport competitive cheer has always been! The person who was quoted in this article should be ashamed to call them self an educated person…. An educated person makes sure they know all the facts and have done their research before making offensive comments.

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    • admin says:

      I am assuming the judge was terribly well educated.

      I am sure that many people sweat blood, tears and a lot of other effluent to achieve many things.

      That doesn’t make them a sport.

      Competitive cheer. Don’t those two words sound a touch like an oxymoron?

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    • Connie says:

      Thanks Becca,
      I second that! I think these haters should do their homework! They know nothing that they blab their mouths about! I think Admin might have had a girlfriend back in the 1950’s that was a cheerleader and maybe dumped him, so he is just bitter. The little girls in here are just jealous because they didn’t make the team. Sorry, but this unresearched BS pisses me off! I have watched both of my daughters work their asses off all their lives and they could run circles around all the clown trying to rebuttle what they have not a clue about~~~

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    • kassidy says:

      Thank you that has happened even my brother is starting to believe cheer is a sport because I started competitive cheer

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  7. pooponmyface says:

    Ahhahahahhaha suck it. Its now offically considered a sport you bitter old hags

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  8. Bella says:

    I don’t even know why I’m reading this because you are just plain stupid. Cheerleading is JUST as hard as football. Maybe harder. Football players run around throwing balls at each

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  9. Bella says:

    Each other. A Sport is the exercise of skill in a physical activity which is often competitve, and carried on for its intrinsic enjoyment, including that of its spectator. Cheerleading is all of that!

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  10. Sam says:

    Getting an opinionated score is very different from actually scoring. Those arguments are invalid, how ever it is a competitive activity, thus making it technically a sport. But then again, so is dancing and curling. If you look at the facts it is very vague and cheer leading could be both.

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    • Ashley says:

      I’m a teenage girl who plays lacrosse, softball, AND cheerleading! I do both competitive cheerleading and for my school. While I agree that high school cheerleading is merely girls screaming for a “real” sports team, there is NO QUESTION that competitive cheerleading is most definitely a sport. Whatever the court says, that is simply because they have not seen the types of work women and some men do in the gym. Like any other sport, you condition, work out, and practice many hours a day and many days a week. I would even go as far as to say that it is one of the more difficult sports. My team personally has practice a minimum of five days a week for two hours minimum each day, and that is even more than most other sports teams at my age. I would like to see a basketball, football, or baseball player try to land stunts, fly through the air, flip head over heels, and yell – all with a bow in your hair and a smile on your face. Cheerleading has made me better at all the other athletics I participate in, and is equally and sometimes more of a workout than lacrosse and softball. Just because it doesn’t involve a ball and doesn’t require you to run up and down a field towards a goal or net, doesn’t mean it isn’t athletic. It is unique and different from any other sport, but it is a sport. Anyone whose opinion differs from mine is free to have their own view on the subject, but cheerleading is a sport that is near and dear to my heart and I cannot stand to see it being talked down upon and destroyed like it has been in these comments. Any person who has seen what we can do (see link below) and personally participated in the sport would agree with me in a heartbeat.

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  11. The definition of a sport is “An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others.” So, as for school cheer i believe it is an activity. However, Competitive Cheer is an extremely hard sport. We physically exert ourselves to master a skill to compete at competitions to win. The uniforms are a bonus. And a comment on what you said “In sport, you get hurt trying to win. In cheerleading, you get funny looks trying to be taken seriously.” i would like to add that cheerleaders get hurt trying to win. We take our sport very serious and it bugs me that people like you are so arrogant to not notice the hard work and dedication cheerleaders have. In cheer, if you have any inappropriate moves in your routine, you get points take off. Maybe in cheer movies they have obnoxious snobs and have twisted your idea of what it really is, but you should really reconsider it. Cheerleaders go to practice for hours until they get right, they condition until they can run through the routine without stopping. Condition? Yes, we do condition we run laps until we feel like we might puke, we do toe touches over and over again until we feel like we can’t walk, we do sit ups and crunches until our stomachs hurt, and we even do push ups so we can lift our athletes. Football players lift so they can through a ball high, soccer players workout to be able to kick the ball powerfully, so you see, although cheer is dangerous and yes i admit some teams are hard to take seriously, competitive cheer should really be considered a sport. We work just as hard as any other sport. In fact, being a soccer player for 8 years so far i would know how exhausting cheer is in comparison to two 45 minute halves that 2:30 of perfection is harder to accomplish than anything I’ve ever tried to accomplish in soccer. Cheer is not simply dancing, there is tumbling, jumps, stunts, pyramids (no not those stupid knee pyramids where your stacked on each other, real pyramids), and running. All of these are small aspects to create one large routine. Each one is no more important than another. It requires a lot of skill. If you end up reading this entire thing i would love to hear back from you and listen to your feedback. Thanks for your time.

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  12. Maybe you can’t understand that dancing with the stars does require talent and dancing. The show however isn’t a sport but dance is. They get scored on there dancing, gymnasts get scored on there tumbling, cheerleaders get scored aswell. Seriously though, it’s a sport.

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  13. Tyler says:

    Oh god, it gets under my skin every time somebody blabs about cheerleading not being a sport, and then after they present their super biased opinion with a bunch of ignorant and not very factual information they repeat themselves over and over again to those that provide logical arguments. Typing politely and in short sentences does not make you smarter or any more believable than those honestly trying to make the idea of cheerleading being a sport clear. Even if it isn’t in an insulting way, perhaps even inviting logical discussion, the one against the idea brings up the same idiotic and subjective points over and over and over again. Sir, I kindly request you get your head out of your ass and listen to other people’s opinions. I respect your ability to disagree, but at least back it up with something that isn’t a comparison. The snarky remarks don’t really help anybody understand or believe your position anymore, either. Personally I could care less if it becomes a sport or not. If it does? Good for cheerleaders. If it doesn’t? Oh well. Don’t make a personal vandetta against people who just want to be noticed for the effort they put into something. By the way, if you do reply, I’m open for discussion as long as you drop the ridiculous comparisons you keep drawing in an attempt to either secure your point or attempt in persuading others.

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  14. Nonya says:

    Cheer is a sport. We don’t left weights we lift people. Also we do push-ups, run laps, crunches, and more. Try being a cheerleader it’s pretty amazing that y’all don’t think it’s a sport

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  15. Claudia says:

    I feel like the person who wrote this just hates cheerleading. Her points are not legitimate and more like slander commenting on our uniforms and saying were people that care too much about what others think? This arrival is disgraceful to cheerleaders and COMPELTELY hateful. I don’t want to even think there are more people out there that just want to start a fight by posting things like this. Sounds more like this person is talking from hate instead of their head, like they should be for a blogger.

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  16. Emily says:

    Btw just so I can further prove my point . . . .my last cheer practice We started by run ten laps around the entire building ( which is huge ) then we conditioned for a hour, then continued to move on to stunting for the next two hours, ran again, then we moved onto dance, and then conditioned, and then ran, and then tumbled, and then conditioned again. Finally we finished with stunting, all in 97 degree heat, outside. Thank you and goodnight!

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  17. Jessie says:

    On the author’s bio:

    “In case you didn’t realize, there is a hefty chunk of irony and sarcasm to my writing.”

    I wouldn’t take what he’s saying to heart, guys. He’s probably not writing with utmost sincerity, but rather creating controversial content with an intent to entertain and benefit from the activity on this page. If content marketing was a sport, he’d be winning!

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  18. CHEER IS A SPORT! Sideline cheer is still athletic! Most sideline teams tumble and stunt like an allstar team. I do all star cheer and know that it is a sport! You must not know the first thing about cheer I want to see you try it!

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    • admin says:

      Tumbling and stunting makes something a sport? I see quite a lot of that outside bars on Friday nights.

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  19. Livvy says:

    Okay I have been cheering for five years! I will not try to change your mind about cheerleading.But this makes me so angry and it is very hurtful to see this stuff said about us!! It isn’t fair for One SPORT yes I did say sport to be critized! It is a PROVEN FACT that cheer is in the top ten most dangerous SPORTS in the world! We do more than you think! We workout,cheer for football,basketball,and wrestling.We have to tumble and have to learn Dance routines! You may think it is simple but It is alot more difficult than you think! The very defintion of a sport is
    an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature. We have skill,And we do a ton of Physcial things,And did I mention we go to competions! Next time you want to critize a sport or people think about how hurtful it is!!!!

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    • Livvy says:

      Oh yes and I forgot to say That one thing goes wrong In stunting the base,backspot,flyer,could get seriously injured or Killed!!!!

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  20. Cheer says:

    So, let me just sum this up. Cheerleading IS a sport. I don’t care what anyone else thinks… If you think its just some “easy thing where girls wave their hands up in the air” You are WRONG. If it was, it wouldn’t be hard to make the team. You have to have certain requirements to be able to make the team. I would like to see some of you guys lift a girl over your head, or do a back handspring. Yeah, whatever you guys think I guess. -_-

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    • admin says:

      I am confused.

      First you say that you don’t care what other people think.

      Then you go on to talk about what other people think.

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  21. Kaytee says:

    To the people in the comments saying its not a sport because its not in the Olympics: NEITHER IS FOOTBALL. Oh and I got this next part from a website I found (http://www.varsity.com/event/1262/being-a-cheerleader-sport) “When necessary, the office of Civil Rights makes this determination on a case by case basis. The Women’s Sports Foundation has narrowed the field down of what is considered a sport to these elements that are commonly agreed upon to define a sport:

    • It must be a physical activity which involves propelling a mass through space or overcoming the resistance of mass. (Stunting… check)!
    • “Contesting” or competing against/with an opponent is required (Competition… check)!
    • It must be governed by rules that explicitly define the time, space, and purpose of the contest and the conditions under which a winner is declared. (Time limit, mat size, score sheets… check, check, check)!
    • Acknowledgement that the primary purpose of the competition is a comparison of the relative skills of the participants. (You know those competitions on ESPN? Those are national championships… check)!

    So far, cheerleading is four for four! But there are still two more qualifications to meet for cheerleading to be considered a sport. The Women’s Sports Foundation makes it clear that “any physical activity in which relative performance can be judged or qualified can be developed into a competitive sport as long as:

    1) The physical activity includes the above defined elements (got them!) and…
    2) The primary purpose is competition verses other teams or individuals within a competition structure comparable to other ‘athletic’ activities.””

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  22. Sarah says:

    I think its just HILARIOUS how biased you are. Obviously someone didn’t make the team. Cheerleading is a sport. Of course school isn’t, thats a lame activity. I’m talking about all-star. Go to one of my conditioning classes and you’ll die of a heart attack. What about tumbling? Lets see your front walkover roundoff backhandrspring back tuck BHS double full. Ha, try stunting!! Ever based a ticktock? Ever flown a kick double? You have no idea what cheer really is.. Stop this slander, you disgusting old man.

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    • admin says:

      There is something highly entertaining about someone demanding that alleged slander be stopped while, in the same sentence, calling a person “a disgusting old man.”

      You are an excellent advertisement for your non-sport.

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      • Jasmine says:

        Have you never heard of competitive cheer? They’re graded, scored and someone wins. That sounds like a sport to me. And seeing as cheer has elements of dance and gymnastics, and those both are sports, I’m pretty sure that makes cheer a sport too. Everyone who consigns that cheer isn’t a sport has never tried it. P.s. The definition of sport is an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment
        synonyms: (competitive) game(s), physical recreation, physical activity, physical exercise, athletics; More
        So for all of you idiots saying cheer isn’t a sport I suggest you catch up on your basic English and there is no argument that can beat a fact. No matter what you say your opinion is just that an opinion. However I have facts.

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        • admin says:

          Guess what? It doesn’t sound like sport to me. It sounds like a provincial little recreation.

          Trying something is irrelevant. I feel confident you’ve never tried rugby. Bless you.

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  24. Gracelyn says:

    http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/130/5/966.full
    • Originated in late 1800s
    • primary purpose was leading the crowd in cheering for sports
    • evolved into a competitive, physically demanding, year-round activity
    • in 1990-2003 the # of cheerleaders 6+ years increased 600,000 from 3.0 to 3.6 million
    • in 2009, national federation of state high school associations (NFHS) reported that there were 400,00 participants in high school cheerleading, and 123,000 in all stars
    • girls represented 96%
    • only 29 state high school athletic association recognize cheer as a sport
    • national collegiate athletic association (NCAA) doesn’t include all stars in its list of sponsored sports
    • if it were classified as a sport:
    o safety resources
    o qualified coaches
    o adequate and well maintained practice facilities
    o preseason conditioning
    o access to certified athetic trainers
    o team physicians
    o mandated preparticipation physical exams
    • American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Advisors enacted rules and recommendations including:
    o pyramid height limited to no more than 2 persons
    o top cheerleader must be supported by 1 or more bases in direct weight-bearing contact with performing surface
    o bases must be stationary and maintain constant contact with suspended cheerleaders
    o basket toss should be limited to 4 throwers, the toss should start from ground level, and 1 thrower must be behind the flyer during the toss
    o spotters must be present for every person extended above shoulder level
    o suspended persons are not to be inverted or rotated on dismount
    • Cheerleading should be designated a sport so that it is subject to rules and regulations set forth by sports governing bodies (eg, NCAA, NFHS) and school athletic departments. Designation of cheerleading as a sport will afford it the same benefits as other sports, such as availability of athletic trainers, improved access to medical care, limits on practice time, better facilities, certified/qualified coaches, and inclusion in injury surveillance data.
    http://varsity.com/event/1252/cheer-as-a-sport.aspx
    • Definition of a sport
    o It must be a physical activity which invlolves propelling a mass through space or overcoming the resistance of mass (stunting)
    o Contesting or competing against/with an opponent is required (cheerleading competitions like worlds and ncaa, which is on ESPN)
    o It must be governed by rules that explicitly define the time, space, and purpose of the contest and the conditions under which a winner is declared (time limit, mat size, score sheets)
    o Acknowledgement that the primary purpose of the competition is a comparison of the relative skills of the participants (ESPN National Championships)
    http://www.aacca.org/content.aspx?item=Resources/Test.xml
    • Requires strength of football, grace of dance, and agility and flexibility of gymnastics
    • AACCA was to developed safety rules and regulations
    • any physical activity in which relative performance can be judged or quantified can be developed into a competitive sport as long as (1) the physical activity includes the above defined elements and (2) the primary purpose is competition versus other teams or individuals within a competition structure comparable to other athletics’ activities
    Based on the definition of a sport, allstar cheerleading qualifies as a sport.
    Let’s see, is gymnastics a sport? yes.
    Is dance a sport? yes.
    Allstar Cheerleading should be considered a sport then because is has two major sections, gymnastics and dance, these (plus stunting) are what judges look at most.
    what you seem to be thinking of is high school cheerleading, which obviously cheer at football, basketball games, ect. But there is still another type, all-star. So when you need to stop stereotyping based on the name, because they are two totally different things. let me ask you, if all-star competitive cheerleading was called something different, but was performed the same, would you still have the same opinion?

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    • admin says:

      Yes, madam. I would. Bless you, my sister.

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      • gracelyn says:

        Yeah don’t call me sister. K? Good. Well you obviously aren’t going to change you opinion, and I respect that but, I don’t respect the fact that you are so ok with offending others. I’m sure that if you were in lets say track or cross-country, and people told you in a rude way that what you invest your hard work time and money into isn’t a sport and that its basically stupid, you come back defining you sport too. So what I’m trying to explain is that yes your free to your own opinion, but even you should go around posting it and being disrespectful to other people that you don’t even know.

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  25. Annie says:

    This guy is an idiot. Im a HS cheerleader, and I have six pack abs, back muscles, and legs that could kick this guy into next month. Cheerleaders lift heavy girls and hold them there, toss them fifteen feet high, tumble across a mat at 12 mph, do 7 extended toe touches in a row, and dance doing over three different moves per second. This guy did, however, sound very sure of himself as if he were some sort of expert on the sport. I’d love to see him try cheer for five minutes. Oh, and FYI, everyone in my school yells our cheers with us. We do not ” scream “, we chant loudly and deeply so people can actually hear us. If we screamed from our throats we wouldn’t last four hours. This guy must have forgotten to take his medication if he thinks cheerleading isn’t a sport. News flash dumbass, it’s called COMPETITIVE CHEER!

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    • admin says:

      You are such a great advertisement for your twee little recreation.

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    • “Admin”, you “Sir” are a douchebag. This guy couldn’t make it through 10 minutes of my daughters MIDDLE school cheer practice! She plays softball and has played soccer in past years. Cheer practices are more physical and longer than ANY other sport she plays. Please don’t make it sound like you know what you’re talking about when you clearly have NO IDEA.

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  26. Cattie says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi5vhbX3t6g Excuse me sir, but you can not watch this and honestly tell me that anyone can up and do any aspect of that routine. No volleyball player would be strong enough to do any of this. Surely us cheerleaders can through any shape 6 ounce ball but I don’t see you lifting 130 pound girls or doing multiple flips while spinning. You can’t do crap therefore you shouldn’t say crap.

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    • admin says:

      Cattie, I found that rather catty. (But thank you for calling me ‘sir.’)

      I repeat: many dancers can do extraordinary things. So can many tightrope walkers.

      That doesn’t make what they do a sport.

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  27. Coach Dan. says:

    Admin… You couldn’t physically keep up with me in any sport. I’ve played football, basketball and baseball. I am currently a physical therapist practicing in tampa florida and a coach for an international team in the area. By definition cheerleading is a sport and one of the most physically demanding. Weather you choose to accept that or not is up to you.

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    • admin says:

      By your definition, not mine.

      I couldn’t keep up with Maksim Chmerkovskiy either.

      He’s still not a sportsman.

      And it’s “whether.”

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      • Coach Dan says:

        Youre making points that are irrelevant. By dictionary definition, it is a sport. Now I know you have a million post on your little blog here merely because people like controversy, but in actuality nobody cares about your misguided opinion about a sport. You can sit here and pick apart my grammar as much as you want it doesn’t change the FACT that cheerleading is a sport.

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  28. Heather says:

    So you are telling me cheerleading isn’t a sport!?!?! I laugh at your opinion. You obviously didn’t do your homework! Cheerleading is indeed a sport! You talk about volleyball being a sport, but not cheerleading? A volleyball player joined our squad this year & just 2 weeks ago, after only one week of cheerleading practice, she said she takes back everything she ever said about cheerleading not being a sport, because its actually harder than volleyball! You talk about rolling around on the floor trying to stop a volleyball from hitting the floor & the volleyball players have knee pads. But have you taken into consideration that cheerleaders have to make sure actual HUMAN BEINGS don’t hit the floor, & when we perform, we don’t have any pads at ALL!! Also the flyers fall from up to 20 ft in the air, while the bases have to endure being kicked in the face as well as every other body part, & again WITHOUT PADS!!!! As a matter of fact cheerleaders sustain more injuries than football players!! You wanna talk about needing skill & going through pain to perfect that skill, i have 3 words for you: JOIN A SQUAD! I’m sure you’ll change your tune real fast, as others have done before you! & as far as the tumbling part of cheerleading goes, HELLO! Have you ever watched the Olympics where some of the greatest gymnastic athletes have been featured?! I dare you to write an article saying gymnastics isn’t a sport! And remember the reason why you THINK cheerleading looks easy is because we put in a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and broken bones to perfect our SPORT! So enlighten yourself because I feel so sorry for your that you’re supposedly a writer & yet you don’t know how to investigate your topics fully before writing about them! Guess you’re not really a writer!

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    • admin says:

      No one said it wasn’t hard.

      Math is hard too.

      Math is not a sport.

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      • Coach Dan. says:

        Still making irrelevant points I see. Instead of everyone trying to prove to you how cheerleading is a sport, i’d like to hear why it isn’t a sport. if we were talking football we would be going by NFL guidelines. Since we’re talking about cheerleading we will have to go by USASF guelines to make valid points.

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  29. Heather says:

    & furthermore I’m only 13 years old & not supposedly an adult professional as you are, & even I know to fully investigate something before judging it so absolutely!

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  30. Heather says:

    Admin…..why don’t you enlighten all of us as to what you’re definition of a sport really is

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    • a sport involves scoring a goal (or a touchdown, etc…) a sport involves a puck or a ball and involves contact (a sport in which the participants necessarily come into bodily contact with one another, such as being slammed into the boards for hockey and tackling for football) a game of which is set at a fast pace.

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      • anon says:

        So, by your definition, track, cross country,gymnastics and wrestling are not sports?

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        • admin says:

          By my definition, as you so quaintly put it, your recreation is not a sport. It’s just far too twee and tasteless to be considered one.

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          • anon says:

            Anon, I was actually talking to “hockey player”. If you believe that cheerleading is not a sport, that is your opinion, just as it’s my opinion that it is. This arguing is getting out of hand. Obviously no one is going to change their mind.
            However, for hockey player to say something isn’t a sport if it does not involve a ball or puck is ridiculous. I could think of ten sports not involving a ball off the top of my head.

          • admin says:

            Good Lord. It was far too early in the morning. My apologies.

            Still, don’t you ever feel that wearing tutus designed by a checkout person from Ross Dress-For-Less tends to undermine your claims to sport?

  31. Heather says:

    Admin…..I’ve been a cheerleader for 8 long years, how long have you been a cheerleader to be able to judge it so completely? Haven’t you ever heard walk a mile in a man’s shoes before you judge it? & math also doesn’t require physical strength & ability. so unfortunately for you, you’re comparison is not an intelligent one! Score 1 for me. Score 0 for you! RA RA!

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  32. Jacob says:

    Cheerleading is, id give it half a sport. It is wanna be gymnastics, mixed with dancing witch according to just about every person to ever walk the earth, its NOT A SPORT. You cant compare your half sport with football, sense football is difined by everyone, a real sport. You don’t have games, football players have games, your just spectators that stand on the field, damn. Ive seen people fall down the stands and look more acrobatic than you. What happens when you fall in cheerleading, you sprain an ankle, people who play football have had horible concussions and have serious issues with there brain when there older, maybe a girl breaks her arm, big whoop, it heals! I agree its hard, but its more of a recreational activity than a sport.

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  33. Cameron says:

    To anyone who argues that cheerleading is a sport ask them to name 5 famous cheerleaders. They can’t do it, WHILE GOLF (which is a sport)you can…easily.

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  34. Mitchell says:

    To be frank, this entire artlicle is very narrow minded just like most of America today. Not able to accept change. You only wrote on the most siple, basic form of cheerleading- sideline cheerleading high school but fail to distinguish the difference between that and the highest form- Allstar level 5 and colligiate. If cheerleading isn’t considered a sport than neither should gymnastics. It is judged exactly like cheerleading and takes years to get to the most elite levels. If you fail to see the physicality involved in cheerleading then there is something clearly wrong. You basically just compared a backyard pop warner game of football to the NFL. I’d suggest you educate yourself on the sport of cheerleading before you write an insulting simple minded article.

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    • admin says:

      Pop Warner is sport. NFL is sport.

      Your badly-, sadly-dressed acrobatic dancing thing is lovely. I have watched it.

      It just isn’t sport.

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      • Mitchell says:

        So is gymnastics a sport?

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        • admin says:

          Gymnastics has its roots in Ancient Greece. It was the basis for so much of what is now known as training. It is an Olympic sport.

          Cheerleading has its roots almost exclusively in America. Those roots reside in cheering for other sports.

          Even Wikipedia, bless it, describes gymnastics as a sport. It describes cheerleading as, oh look, an intense physical activity.

          So is gardening.

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  35. Lexie says:

    School cheer is not a sport . School cheer is when you cheer on the sidelines cheering on a team . All star (competitive) cheer is a sport it meets all the requirements of a sport. • It must be a physical activity which involves propelling a mass through space or overcoming the resistance of mass. (Stunting… check)!
    • “Contesting” or competing against/with an opponent is required (Competition… check)!
    • It must be governed by rules that explicitly define the time, space, and purpose of the contest and the conditions under which a winner is declared. (Time limit, mat size, score sheets… check, check, check)!
    • Acknowledgement that the primary purpose of the competition is a comparison of the relative skills of the participants. (You know those competitions on ESPN? Those are national championships… check)! 2) The primary purpose is competition verses other teams or individuals within a competition structure comparable to other ‘athletic’ activities.” Competive cheerleading has ALL of those requirements. school cheer, sideline cheer does not . I would know I’m a compatible cheerleader and a school cheerleader , and school cheerleading is definitely not a sport . Competitive cheerleading is a combo of many thing like gymnastics , dancing , lifting, jumping, and much more. And why does it matter so much to you that cheerleading isn’t a sport ? If it’s not a sport, then it’s not a sport …….. To you . @admin

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  36. cheerleading is not a sport. there a bunch of girls dressed in really short outfits ( or whatever they are called) yelling a bunch of annoying sayings and dancing on the field when everyone is trying to watch the game. unless it involves scoring a goal, a touchdown, a puck, or a ball, it is not a sport.

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  37. Jamie says:

    You don’t know what competition cheer is. “In sport you get hurt trying to win” cheer has the highest number if serous injuries of all sports put together. You do not know the athletic ability it takes to tumb stunt all while smiling and the smiles aren’t fake. Cheer is expensive if you’re paying for it you have a passion for it. I’m not calling it a sport but you don’t know what you’re talking about.

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  38. Haylie says:

    I am a cheerleader, and I do believe that cheerleading is a sport, but you can’t compare it to football and soccer and basketball. those sports’ outcome is based on how the players play, and there’s physical contact, and as a team how they played. The outcome is based on solely the team. Cheerleading is based on judges opinions, but it is physically demanding.

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  39. Frances says:

    Why are you so close minded? You keep comparing our hard work to accountancy…How is that a valid argument? In your article you claim that we do not compete, only cheer for other sports. How many times do we have to tell you about competitive cheerleading, they kind that we see as a sport? You mock our uniforms. Who cares about the uniforms? They are practical for what we do and they show that we are part of a team. I can see how the name “cheerleading” can be confusing when talking about allstar cheerleading but we don’t cheer for anybody. We compete, getting scored against other teams on technique, and hitting a perfect routine. Personally I support Cheer Extreme Senior Elite, just like someone would support a football team (or soccer as you call it).
    Your argument is stupid. Your comebacks are stupid. You are clearly not going to listen to anyone who disagrees with you. I don’t even know why I bothered commenting, but I couldn’t not.

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    • admin says:

      I am remarkably open-minded. I simply don’t agree with you.

      Yours is a very nice activity, with costumes the circus would reject.

      Like the judge, I happen to believe it isn’t a sport. It’s a nice (if you go for that kind of thing) recreation. Just like dancing.

      I am very happy for you to enjoy that recreation. I am very happy if you take pleasure from it.

      The bigger issue is, of course, not why I find you a touch humorless, but why you are so obsessed about it being called a sport.

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      • Frances says:

        Okay, I can see your point. I guess we do come across a bit desperate! I think the reason we seem so obssessed about making cheerleading a sport is because we want people to recognise what we really do, without people assuming that we stand on the side-line using pom-poms and chanting (because we don’t). Also we want other people to see that our activity fits into the dictionary definition of “sport”.
        I’ve changed my mind about arguing. You can call it a recreational activity. I will call it a sport. I can live with that!

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  40. Beki says:

    Hello my name is Beki and I am athlete. I have played university level volley ball, and been petitioned to be on a university track and field team as well as the rugby team. In high school I played hockey, figured skated, played soccer as a lead striker and competed in almost every other sport available to me. I also am now a cheerleader for the University of Alberta cheer team. I have sustained more injuries, worked harder and trained fiercer then I ever have. Why? Because the cheerleading I am apart of is more of a sport then anything I have ever participated in. Instead of just combining a few athletic skills such a running, jumping, flexibility or strength, Cheer combined them all. To be a good cheer leader you need to have amazing stamina, strength, coronation, balance, flexibility, timing, speed and most of all intelligence to know when something isn’t safe or feasible all in the midst performing in front of thousands of people at a time. This is what has made cheer, for me, the hardest sport out there. I can agree that cheering at a NFL or NBA game is ridiculous but so would every other competitive cheerleader I know. We look down on them as much as you. Our sport is about throwing people as hard as you can, jumping as high as you can and throwing your tumbling as fearlessly as you can.

    To quote “In sport, you get hurt trying to win” Well this sport is about winning and it takes an awful lot of pain and determination to get there.

    If you are able to sit behind your computer screen and claim cheering doesn’t take guts, pain and incredibly effort you need to get off your ass and try it for yourself.

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    • admin says:

      Actually, Beki, I never claimed it doesn’t take pain, guts or effort. I claimed it wasn’t a sport. Which it isn’t.

      Thank you, though, for enlightening me that your recreation is about “throwing people as hard as you can.”

      Have you heard about dwarf-tossing? That’s not a sport, either.

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      • Goshhh your stupid.
        ur not a cheerleading u dont understand anything. About it its way more than “just throwing people or doing backflips”its about pushing ur self to do something you never thought u could ever do it brings out all the hurtfull things people say about cheerleading not being a sport I really despise you for saying this about my sport and sorry if it afends but while ur at home typing stupid little false articles about my sport im going to go and do hmmmm lets see what u would call it ‘cheerlead’ bu bye!

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  41. Whit says:

    This article is ridiculous because the writer has absolutely no idea what she is talking about. I have played basketball, soccer, gymnastics, and CHEERLEADING each for 10+ years and was honorable mention in basketball, all-state in soccer, and level 5 in cheerleading. All-star cheerleading that is and it was the hardest SPORT and the sport I got injured the most in. It takes more skill than any sport and it was by far the best exercise of them all. Sport is defined as an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. That INDEED cheerleading does, and little do many of you know, so does high school cheer! Yes, they do compete against other high school cheer teams. You say “oh but they are judged not scored” FALSE they are scored they have an organized scoring sheet in multiple areas just like an Olympic known sport called GYMNASTICS. I would like to see every one of those who say it isn’t a sport hold a girl up in a stunt, do one of the easiest tricks called a back handspring, or do a jump sequence. Cheerleading requires a lot of athletic ability and I am more out of breathe doing one 2 and a half minute routine than half the entire games I have played of basketball and soccer. I know what a sport is since I have done multiple sports for my whole life, cheerleading IS a sport and I don’t know why knowledgeable idiots care so much to call it not one. Learn your information before you rant on about something you don’t know about.

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  42. Jessica says:

    We understand that you can’t keep up with the physical demands of competitive cheerleading as a sport, so we strongly recommend you stick with a sport you can keep up with, rythmic gymnastics.

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  43. Alison says:

    I don’t care what people say, cheer and dance aren’t sports. mind you, I did allstar Cheer and dance 21+ a week, so I know the physical activity both take. but for both dance and cheer, you may be being judged, but there is no scoring system. Also, most dancers/cheerleaders don’t compete, as competition wasn’t the original point of either. Go ahead and attack me , but I find neither a sport. sure, balancing on your toes en pointe for hours is painful, and stunts take loads of work and effort, but physical exertion doesn’t make it a sport.

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  44. Drew says:

    Actually it is a sport,you know people like you get me so ticked off. We work harder than any other sport I could think of. Why are all the other sports sports. All you do Is through a ball, a five year old can do that. Cheer is very difficult we work hard every single day. We get scored so get your facts right before you come and embarrass your self with no idea what your talking about. I think you just posted that to get attention from people that disagree.

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  45. goodness people, most of you are giving cheerleaders a bad name. “football all you do is throw a ball”? what kind of garbage is that? there are very few cheerleaders that can run a 4.4 40’s in pads, precisely hit a receiver running 15-20 mph, or stop a 200lb running back from gaining a yard. please stop comparing cheerleading to any other sport. you are making every cheerleader look ignorant. that being said, competitive cheerleading is a sport, one that “anyone” can do. when it becomes as hard to compete as the nfl, where you actually have to train 6 hours a day like gymnasts do then it will be MORE recognized as a sport.

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  46. Okay first of all , you are very rude and disrespectful to those who believe it’s a sport. If they want to believe its a sport , LET THEM. Do not try to tell them otherwise. I am a cheerleader, I speak from my 7 years of experience. I believe it’s a sport. And whatever you try to say will not make me think it isn’t. And second of all, you say that cheerleaders are very underdressed and inappropriate. Well what do you think volleyball players wear ? Spandex and a tight jersey. I’m not trying to talk crap about volleyball. One of my bestfriends plays volleyball. But do you really think that you can just go on telling people “well making a sandwich isn’t a sport so cheer can’t be a sport” & “dancing with the stars isn’t a sport” . So if painting a picture isn’t a sport neither is soccer correct? Because if you are saying that something completely different isn’t a sport , then cheer can’t be a sport . And gymnastics is a sport in the Olympics they do flips and dancing as well. My cousin has been a gymnast since she was 3 and she is 14. She classifies cheer as a sport just as much as gymnastics and she supports cheer as being a sport. Yeah you can go off being rude about how you think this is all wrong, And that I’m uneducated and young. But tell me when is the last time you tried to lift your body up off the ground and pull your legs up as high as you can possibly take them ? When is the last time you took a girl and threw her above your head and had to catch her without letting her fall and injure something? I would like to say that our football teams support us, they do not think that were dumb girls that just yell and wear tight uniforms. They cheer with us. Our football players do a dance with us for our homecoming rally and they see what it’s like. They did stunting and when they were done they gave us credit for having to do what we do for 5 days a week, 2 hours a day. They said it was not as easy as they had thought. They gave us props for how hard we work to keep the crowd pumped during they’re games and cheer them on. So before you go off running your mouth trying to change the minds of people who really believe in cheer, and believe that it’s a sport, stop and think . You cannot speak from experience . You do not know what it’s like . You’ve just watched it . So just stop. Because these lame excuses make you look bad and all your doing is pissing off a lot of people who have the right to believe in what they do . Thanks for your time .

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  47. Kristel M. says:

    Everything you have stated is an opinion. Cheerleader get hurt ALL the time trying to win at a comp. and we do get scored not just judged but good try.

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    • admin says:

      You are quite right. Everything I have stated is an opinion. Well, other than that the judge said cheerleading wasn’t a sport, of course.

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  48. Alyssa says:

    You said “in sport, you get hurt trying to win”. When we COMPETE (this involves winning), which is one of the requirements to be considered a sport, there are multiple injuries. You get injured tumbling and stunting. This is called “getting hurt while trying to win”, so you’re right and that happens in Cheerleading. Nice try though. You should research a little more.

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    • admin says:

      Oh, Alyssa, you get hurt just as Bill Nye got hurt in “Dancing With The Stars.” Zero physical contact with opponent.

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  49. Brandon says:

    You keep on saying this and that don’t make cheerleading a sport? Then what does because I will find the evidence to prove you wrong.

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    • admin says:

      Oh, Brandon. It’s not a case of proving me wrong. It’s a case of my not agreeing with you. The more important question, though, surely, is why you are so obsessed about your recreation being called a sport. Are desperate to conform?

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  50. Stephanie says:

    Ok, ur completely wrong! 1st of cheerleading is one of the most dangerous sports of all! We don’t walk on the mat wearing shoulder pads, knee pads, or helmets, we walk out there with nothing but a uniform! No protection at all even though it’s possible in this sport to get a concussion, break ur back, or get the wind knocked out of you. You could break an arm or leg, or even a neck! And we do get scored u get scored for doing certain skills and yes we do get judged but there’s still numbers! If u think cheerleading isn’t a sport and doesn’t take skill then y don’t u go over there and do a standing back tuck or even a full! I bt you can’t! Or y don’t u go do a full one man with a 100 pound girl! And yes sometimes we do have to put on fake smiles but thts only after we get hit extremely hard cause we know how to fight with the pain! Wen we walk I the floor tht smile IS real because we enjoy this sport so much! No matter how many counts, stunts, arm motions, jumps etc. are going through r heads we love this sport and always will? CHEERLEADING IS A SPORT!!!!!!!!!!

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    • admin says:

      The question still remains: why are you so keen for your recreation to be named a sport?

      Do you want credibility? Or money?

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      • Ash says:

        Actually, I think it has more to do with the fact that cheerleaders are hurt so often and are not protected by the regulation governing sports. Many children are seriously hurt in this under-regulated activity. This situation would improve massively if it was recognised as a sport. Competitive cheerleading requires dancing ability, gymnastics, strength (the regularly lift, throw and catch other cheerleaders), balance, co-ordination, teamwork and yes, they do score points. It’s not about credibility or money, it about protecting the children that engage in this dangerous, yet fulfilling sport. Please see the links below for two good arguments, one from a pediatrician, another, strangely, from 2 comedians (warning, swearing and boobs but also a great argument):

        http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more-sports/cheerleading-sport-doctors-article-1.1190099

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        • admin says:

          That is the first respectable argument I’ve heard. Thank you.

          But shouldn’t there be better regulations regardless of whether an activity is deemed a sport or not.

          I only saw one link. Somehow the one that promised boobs and swearing was missing.

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    • jason says:

      It has been said a thousand times already and I agree. Just because something is dangerous does not make it a sport. I could be in a wreck every time I drive into town but that does not make commuting a sport. I could slip in the shower and break my arm, that does not make bathing a sport.

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      • Ashlyn says:

        I’m going to try to over look the ignorance in your comment and reply with respect, but I don’t deal with ignorant people very well so it’ll be a challenge. First of all, nobody is saying it’s a sport just because it’s dangerous. Some people like to think cheer is easy, and the people that actually do it are here to tell you it’s not. Sadly there are many cheer related deaths, and injuries that put people into comas and wheelchairs. Yea cheerleaders might bounce around acting peppy with smiles on their face, but it’s so much more serious than what you see on the outside. One wrong move could cost someone their life, and many times it has. Of course that’s not what makes it a sport. (there are many other facts to prove it’s a sport) Cheerleaders just don’t like people thinking it’s easy, especially ones who have been injured, had a friend seriously injured, or lost someone close to them due to cheer related incidences. Second of all, showering is not a competition and requires no athleticism so of course it wouldn’t be a sport. You’re comparison is irrelevant… it makes you look like a complete moron. Third of all, pretty sure nascar is a sport. It may not be an athletic sport cause you just sit in a car, but it is still considered a sport. And once again commuting isn’t a competition either, so another invalid argument. Wow you’re on a roll. If you choose to reply to this, leave the ignorance out of it cause I can promise you I have an argument for everything and I will leave you looking like an even bigger idiot than I just did.

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        • admin says:

          “One wrong move could cost someone their life, and many times it has.”

          Ah, so many people have died during this recreation? Well, it should be banned then.

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          • Ashlyn says:

            I like how that’s the only argument you could pick out of that paragraph. And there have been people killed in football, and there are people in wheelchairs because of football injuries or from other sports. So you feel those sports should be banned too right? Because if not then once again, your argument is invalid.

          • Ashlyn says:

            I like how that’s the only argument you could pick out of that paragraph. And there have been people killed in football, and there are people in wheelchairs because of football injuries or from other sports. So you feel those sports should be banned too right? Because if not then once again, your argument is invalid.

    • Starr says:

      The only thing soccer player wear is shin guards, I used to cheer and when I started playing soccer I was so out of shape because cheering didn’t prepare me for that. FYI, get your facts they said This year soccer is the most dangerous sport, right above football, cheering on the other hand is at the bottom where it will always be. If cheering is a sport why do the Olympics not qualify it as a sport and it’s not, I read it in a magazine, get your facts right. In cheerleading, you are making no hard physical contact, if you get hurt, it’s because you twisted your ankle doing a cartwheel or layout, not because you ran into someone while fighting for a ball. Get your facts right. Or come to my soccer conditioning.

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  51. Ashlyn says:

    Please, go through the training it requires to be on a level 5 all star cheer squad and then tell me it is not a sport. Once you can show me a video of you doing all the things those level 5 teams do at competition, I won’t argue with you about it being a sport. And chances are, if you could do all those things then you wouldn’t be arguing with the cheerleaders. People that don’t cheer and try to talk about it not being a sport are uneducated, and that’s all there is to it. You can not talk about something you have no experience in. As admin would say, that’s like me (a 17 year old) trying to tell you facts about accounting…. Ironic isn’t it? That the only argument you have can so easily be used against you.

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    • admin says:

      Ah, so everyone who doesn’t agree with you is uneducated? Now I understand.

      By the way, “cannot” is one word, not two.

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      • Ashlyn says:

        No, everyone who tries to say that cheer is not a sport or that it’s easy when they have never done it is uneducated. Like I said before, you can’t talk about something you have absolutely no experience in. And like I said before, go through the training it takes to be able to do all the skills of a level 5 team and THEN you can tell me it’s not a sport, and I won’t argue with you. And a quick English lesson for you.. “These two spellings [cannot/can not] are largely interchangeable, but by far the most common is “cannot” and you should probably use it except when you want to be emphatic: “No, you can not wash the dog in the Maytag.” “Both cannot and can not are acceptable spellings, but the first is much more usual. Bottom line: There’s no difference in meaning between cannot and can not” You’re an old guy who has nothing better to do than argue with a bunch of cheerleaders. You don’t have a valid argument, and now you’re getting English lessons from a 17 year old. Could you possibly make yourself look anymore pathetic? …. I’m sure you’ll find a way.
        http://www.dailywritingtips.com/cannot-or-can-not/

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    • Jason says:

      Im not saying that the training is not hard. Bodybuilding is not a sport either but those guys train really hard. Competition and sport are two different things.

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      • Ashlyn says:

        Body building itself is not a sport. Just like going to a gym and tumbling and stunting itself is not a sport. (they’re both athletic though) It’s when body builders compete that make it a sport. You are being scored. And people can say it’s judges opinions all they want, and they will have an invalid argument because there are actually certain regulations that go into judging competitions. Doing illegal moves in a routine will get you points counted off. Teams can get points counted off even for a bow falling out of someone’s hair. In football and basketball it’s still technically considered competition. Anything you compete in is a competition. Not saying that all these sports aren’t sports, because they are… but I don’t see why something that requires more athleticism than any sport (cheerleaders that have played other sports will even tell you it’s harder) is not considered a sport compared to all the sports that just toss around a ball and keep it from hitting the ground. Um, hello! We do it with PEOPLE! I’d love to see you try.

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  52. Raygen says:

    If you think cheerleading isn’t a sport you should go ahead a try it. The second that you see the mat you would be scared of it. I have been working for about six years working on getting a full. I started out as a gymnast but there are not many gymnastics gyms in town so I started cheerleading. I’m sorry that I couldn’t find an other sport that fit into the abilities I have but I didn’t want to lose what I have worked so hard for. What my grandma always say is that if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say it at all and you should really listen to her advice.

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    • admin says:

      How quaint that the only criterion to judge a sport is to try it. As opposed to, say, watching it and thinking: “Oh, what an interesting recreation.”

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  53. Hailey says:

    This is really a biased work.

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  54. I’m currently dating a male cheerleader. He agrees that although cheerleading is an intense physical activity, it is in no way a sport. Keep up the good work and witty replies, I’ve enjoyed reading them.

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  55. marisa says:

    competitive cheer is a sport! i bet you can’t go on a blue mat infront of 10 judges and about 5000 people watching you. i bet you can’t do round off, 5 backhandsprings, 3 backtucks(backflips) and a full(a blackflip but you twist your body)!! i bet you can’t lift a girl above your head while she’s doing flips! i bet you can’t dance like us cheerleaders! stop saying cheer is not a sport in till you win first place at worlds! get dropped on your face during practice? boho get up and do the stunt again! cheer is a sport and it always will be! watch these amazing girls and be amazed! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi5vhbX3t6g

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  56. There are two things in this world that you should be afraid of. 1- Death and 2- A cheerleader who’s just been told cheerleading is not a sport.
    Walk a day in a cheerleaders shoes, and by the end, you won’t be walking.
    We get called sluts, bimbos, brats, and told on a daily basis that we’re just silly little girls waving pom poms. We cry, bleed, and break our bodies for our SPORT! You’re probably just a fat old man sitting behind a computer screen, while we’re hard working ATHLETES!!! Go to one of my practices and then tell me that it’s not a sport.

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    • Nathan says:

      Goddess of death cheerleaders are just girls that want to be pretty! Try and play a real sport i DARE you! All you do is jump up and down and kick your leg up saying goooo team. “We cry, bleed, and break our bodies for our SPORT!’ thats what you said! really? you bleed? and break bones? bullshit! but i bet you do cry cause your all a bunch of fakes that want attention! If you ran 1 mile, you would die because in cheer-leading there’s no physical activity at all! I play Baseball, basketball and football and if you tried to even play one you would quit or die of exhaustion. You wouldn’t be athletic enough to play, but ANYBODY CAN DO CHEER-LEADING!

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    • Nathan says:

      Goddess of death cheerleaders are just girls that want to be pretty! Try and play a real sport i DARE you! All you do is jump up and down and kick your leg up saying goooo team. “We cry, bleed, and break our bodies for our SPORT!’ thats what you said! really? you bleed? and break bones? bullshit! But, I bet you do cry cause your all a bunch of fakes that want attention! If you ran 1 mile, you would die because in cheer-leading there’s no physical activity at all! I play Baseball, basketball and football and if you tried to even play one you would quit or die of exhaustion. You wouldn’t be athletic enough to play, but ANYBODY CAN DO CHEER-LEADING!

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  57. figure skating is a sport. with judges… smh

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  58. Delilah says:

    I feel I must respond to this because I agree and disagree with the statements in the post. There are different types of cheer, which I always make clear when faced with this argument. I am a competitive all-star cheerleader, and I believe this should be categorized differently from school cheerleading, and pop warner cheerleading. All-Star is the more competitive side of cheerleading, in which a gym is (usually) not associated with a school. These teams do not go to football games, wave Pom-poms, and shout unbelievably long (yet sometimes annoying) cheers through a megaphone. We travel to stadiums for competitions (Redline, Varsity UCA, United Cheer, etc.), and compete for nationals, and just recently, we won the international championships for Varsity, in which we traveled to Florida, from Texas. To attend a two day competition in the ESPN centre and Disney World’s MGM Studios (also known as Hollywood studios). I am only speaking for all-star cheerleading, keep in mind, not the sidelined girls with loud cones in their hand. Cheerleading consists of gymnastics, jumping, dancing, and lifting girls above ourselves. Why is it that boys who run across a field throwing a ball to each other is considered a sport (protected by lots of gear, I might add), but not a group of girls backflipping across a mat and throwing other girls in the air after carrying them above their heads? Cheerleaders do this without any special gear, just small outfits (as to not restrict movement, because if someone throws a backhand spring and their t-shirt keeps their arms from touching ground, they’d land on their neck), and lightweight shoes designed to grip the carpet. Many doctors often say that most girls who come in with a sports injury got it from cheerleading. I’m not saying all types of cheer deserve the respect of being a sport, but at least consider the teams who actually work hard to throw each tumbling pass, improve each set of jumps, and fight to keep their flyer in the air (and off the ground).

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  59. Delilah says:

    I feel I must respond to this because I agree and disagree with the statements in the post. There are different types of cheer, which I always make clear when faced with this argument. I am a competitive all-star cheerleader, and I believe this should be categorized differently from school cheerleading, and pop warner cheerleading. All-Star is the more competitive side of cheerleading, in which a gym is (usually) not associated with a school. These teams do not go to football games, wave Pom-poms, and shout unbelievably long (yet sometimes annoying) cheers through a megaphone. We travel to stadiums for competitions (Redline, Varsity UCA, United Cheer, etc.), and compete for nationals, and just recently, we won the international championships for Varsity, in which we traveled to Florida, from Texas. To attend a two day competition in the ESPN centre and Disney World’s MGM Studios (also known as Hollywood studios). I am only speaking for all-star cheerleading, keep in mind, not the sidelined girls with loud cones in their hand. Cheerleading consists of gymnastics, jumping, dancing, and lifting girls above ourselves. Why is it that boys who run across a field throwing a ball to each other is considered a sport (protected by lots of gear, I might add), but not a group of girls backflipping across a mat and throwing other girls in the air after carrying them above their heads? Cheerleaders do this without any special gear, just small outfits (as to not restrict movement, because if someone throws a backhand spring and their t-shirt keeps their arms from touching ground, they’d land on their neck), and lightweight shoes designed to grip the carpet. Many doctors often say that most girls who come in with a sports injury got it from cheerleading. I’m not saying all types of cheer deserve the respect of being a sport, but at least consider the teams who actually work hard to throw each tumbling pass, improve each set of jumps, and fight to keep their flyer in the air (and off the ground)

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  60. Chas says:

    Hello,

    While you believe exactly what you are writing is correct, you have many invalid statements.

    Yes we wear little to no clothing, but so do professional swimmers. We perform tricks that others dare not try. You sir are talking about sideline cheering. I agree with you there sideline cheering is not a sport. However, competition cheer is a sport. Who is anyone to classify what a sport is? Well if anyone can classify what a sport is, then competition cheer is a sport. We break bones, hurt ourselves saving others, and do the extraordinary. While in other sports they have several hours to prove themselves, in cheer we have 2 minutes and 30 seconds to prove why we are the best. We practice and condition 15 plus hours a week for those 2 minutes and 30 seconds on stage.

    So your opinion is cheer isn’t a sport, but have you ever tried it yourself?

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    • admin says:

      Have you ever tried tobogganing? It’s entirely irrelevant whether one has tried something.

      The judge doesn’t believe it’s a sport. I don’t either.

      You can break bones crossing the road. Does that make crossing the road a sport?

      The far more important question, though, is why you are so desperate to be classified as a sport?

      Could it be, perhaps, that you want to give the silly garb you wear a touch of credibility?

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  61. Gia says:

    Sideline cheerleading is obviously not a sport. But All Star (Competitive) is. To prove it, I’ll give you a schedule of one of our practice’s.
    4:30-Conditioning. 100 Sit Ups, 4 times around the gym, 30 push ups, 40 seconds of planks, 100 jumping jacks… Repeat 2X.
    5:00-Tumbling. Every member of the team get’s a 3 minute private while another coach leads us in our back handsprings and back tucks.
    5:30-Stunting-Now we get to the fun part. We work on our pyramids and our extensions. We get thrown threw the air, twisting and moving in unnatural ways.
    6:00-Now we work on our dance. We have to be tight, or the entire team has to run a lap around the gym.
    6:30-Run through the entire routine twice. We also do a bit of jumping, although our entire team has extremely good jumps.
    7:00-Stretching and Trampoline-After all this we stretch until we can’t feel our legs. Once that’s over we get on the trampoline and practice our layouts.
    7:30-Team snack. Someone brings a snack and we eat after practice.
    ————————————————–
    Now some pictures and video’s that prove cheerleading is a sport.
    https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQvjM4duL_UpVvutL-8gA4tXAiUtzWasHPpbCHDcsPPBnwoQU5qvQ (Don’t athletes have abs?)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC1aJWOclog (You were saying?)

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    • admin says:

      Sigh. I’ve heard all the “we work so hard” arguments quite a few times now.

      I am very happy that you work so hard. I am happy that it makes you happy.

      But they work hard on Dancing With The Stars too. And that ain’t a sport.

      The bigger question: Why are you so desperate to be classified as a sport? Are you worried that the silly uniforms you wear make you look, well, silly?

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      • Lauren says:

        We want to be classified as a sport not only for the recognition that we work just as hard as everyone else, but for other reasons as well. In college cheer, though I put it even more hours and got injured more than many of my friends who were in “official” sports, I never got a scholarship, I never got my books paid for, we don’t get the same budget as them (many times I had to pay to travel out of town), and we got less time with the trainers and strength coaches. If we were considered an official sport by the NCAA, then maybe cheer can get the resources that they need to make it safer and more recognized.

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  62. Anon says:

    While I agree that school cheerleading or pop warner cheerleading is absolutely NOT a sport, competitive all star cheerleading most definitely is. Let’s face it, any body could do school or pop warner cheerleading. That is not hard at all. But if you were to throw someone on an all star cheerleading mat, not just anyone could do that. But it’s all based on level also. Level 1 cheerleading is equivalent to pop warner cheerleading. Level 2 also is. I would say level 3 is also. But I would say level 4 and 5 is most definitely a sport. Have you ever seem Top Gun Large Coed 5 or Cali Smoed? These teams prove that all star cheerleading is a sport. World Cup Shooting Stars and Cheer Extreme Senior Elite strongly display this to. To heck with it, ECE J5 2013 is a team of girls 14 and under and there better than most senior teams! So in conclusion , I agree with you that pop warner, school, and high school cheer most definitely are NOT sports, but competitive all star cheer is! Thank you :)

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  63. Lauren says:

    I have to say that this article is completely wrong! I cheered for almost 10 years, including three years on a competitive college team and won a national championship in 2011. I started out in many different sports, including track, softball and cross country, and chose to stick with cheer because it was the most challenging. I worked out 4 days a week and practiced 3 times a week where guys threw me 15 to 20 feet into the air, where I tumbled like any gymnast, and where I held girls my own weight above my head. I was in better shape than many of my friends who were in other sports. One thing that most people do not understand is that there is a large difference between sideline cheering for other teams and competitive cheer. One is a hobby, and one is a sport, and I was lucky to be able to combine both while being on my high school and college teams. Though we may not get the recognition we deserve, I always give props to all the cheerleaders out there and how hard they work!

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  64. Brett says:

    I know I’m a little (alot) late to the party but I would just like to say that I find it hilarious that all these cheerleaders (eye candy) are falling all over themselves to prove your point.

    “certain activities are so desperate to be classified as a sport that they will go to lengths that are, frankly, painful.”

    I think that sports are defined by there spectators. Golf, football, baseball, softball, and all other legitimate sports have spectators that go to watch there teams compete. the spectators of real sports enjoy the SPORT they are watching. Sure the argument can be made that competitive has spectators, but how many of those are there to watch the action of cheerleading (probably just cheerleaders and their mommy’s) and how many are there to see the dumb bimbo’s jiggle there breasts and show off various portions of there bodies.

    cheerleaders are failed gymnasts with no respect for themselves

    ps. not sure how well I explained myself I’m not really a master of words. I hope I got my point across in a understandable manner.

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  65. Mia says:

    So you saying that holing someone above your head using one hand is not a sport but ping pong is???? Seriously if you think this is true then you better think again because I think that someone who thinks cheerleading is so easy and has never done it before wouldn’t last one second I get it sideline cheering isn’t a sport but competitive cheering is. have you ever been thrown up in the air and had to do a back flip then land in a specific way, and RISK YOUR LIFE EVERY TIME you cheer. last time I checked not even football players could lift someone above their heads with one hand so forget you.

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  66. Annefleur says:

    I’m a cheerleader and I’m incredibly offended by this, mostly with the phrase: “In sport, you get hurt trying to win. In cheerleading, you get funny looks trying to be taken seriously.” This is so untrue in many ways. You don’t know what its like to cheer, so how would you know ANYTHING about what cheer is about. When you throw a girl 20 ft in the air, they have to come down, and maybe in way that’s not expected and many things can go wrong. Also, cheerleading is rated more dangerous than football, all trying to fight to win. Do some research before you judge, you obviously did none.

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    • Brett says:

      evel knievel Did incredibly dangerous (and downright suicidal) things for his audience, does that make him an athlete?

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      • You bet your ass Evel Knievel was athletic. He was a Harley Davidson racer before he was a stunt man. Know your facts before you make yourself look stupid.

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        • Brett says:

          I was more trying to say that putting yourself in a dangerous situation where you can be injured or killed doesn’t make you more of an athlete it just makes you stupid.

          On a side note Evel Knievel probably turned over in his grave when I compared him to a cheerleader

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          • yeah says:

            Though you are right that people shouldn’t be arguing cheer is a sport because It’s hard or dangerous, it is competition between teams and the winner is decided by a panel of judges, just like gymnastics. By definition it is a sport.

          • admin says:

            You missed a word out: by YOUR definition. The judge and I beg to differ.

  67. Scarlett says:

    Ignorant people who don’t do their research, but continue to judge annoy me more than my 89.9% in my college math class. I have been a cheerleader since I was 7 and, while I agree that simple sideline cheer is not a sport, competetive cheer is. I want you to throw multiple types of back flips and tumbling without getting hurt. I want you to throw a girl in the air and catch her not matter how she comes down. I have dove to the hard mat to catch my fliers and sprained multiple body parts in order to keep her from hitting the ground. I would break my neck for my flier and return to my team if the doctor would ever allow. I want you to be that girl in the air who flips around and has to swallow her every fear so that she doesn’t hurt the people below her. I want you to trust someone so much that you let them hold your life in their hands. I want you to have the sychronization and cooperation required to be on an ellite cheerleading team. Then and only then can you ever talk about whether or not cheerleading is or is not a sport. Let me tell you, it IS.

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    • admin says:

      How you try. Just as you do in your recreation. But neither effort, nor training, nor synchronization, nor a broken neck makes something a sport.

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      • right!? says:

        Lol did I “miss” a word out or did I “leave” a word out? Sorry, it’s not my definition, it’s Websters definition.

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        • admin... says:

          No reply to this comment? You always have something smart to say. There’s a radio host named Drew Garabo who makes his living off of controversy. I believe you actually know you’re wrong yet you continue to put people down about the subject at hand. I can see why you get so many hits on your blog. Maybe your next piece should be about gay marriage.

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      • kinley says:

        You know what Cheer is a freaking sport! When you learn how to do a double full, a tic, a back tuck correctly. You can argue with me. Come to my practice. Have fun doing the splits. You don’t even know cheer! Cheer gets a bad rep from movies and sideline cheer. I’m not saying that others sports arnt hard. I’m saying to stop judging cheer if you’ve never been a cheerleader and I’m about 99.9% sure none of you non-cheerleaders who don’t think cheer is a sport can’t do a back walk over. Also if it’s not a sport then wtf are competitions for? We get scored and cheer takes up time in your life I have to skip things to do with friends sometimes bc I have cheer! So all you cheer haters should stop being stero type and see what cheer really is. And Admin don’t go all “Dancing with The Stars”on me bc that seems to be your only evidence. So all of you stero type a-holes better go try cheer for yourselves. Oh and tuck off, oh wait you can’t.

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  68. Chaunci says:

    Cheerleading is in fact a sport! it involves A LOT of training and endurance, motor skills, flexability, time, and just plain skill! We get judged but we also get scored on different areas! It is just like any other sport as is gymnastics! those people that do not think it is a sport I DARE YOU to go ad try all star competitive cheerleading. ive been in it for 12 years now and i have got a number of concussions and broken a number of bones. It takes YEARS of training and year-round training. I practice at least 3 hours a day and also do very hardcore workouts. IT IS A SPORT

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  69. George says:

    I like so many people on here are trying to force there opinion on every one else. It’s a recreational hobby no matter of its sideline or competitive cheering. If it was indeed a sport then this nation would have acknowledge it years ago. Just like foot ball, basket ball, baseball, boxing, mma, judo, jujitsu, wrestling, and bikini modeling(lol last one is a joke lol). Those are all sports the Olympic committee see those as sports as do the NCAA and any other athletic association group.Just except that it’s some thing fun for both men and woman of all ages but it will has never been a sport and never will be a sport. As for the admin I enjoyed reading your comments and like how you kept your claim and responded back smart witty and educated remarks. Keep up the good work

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    • Chaunci says:

      According to the NCAA competitive cheer is a sport. And according to sport magazines it is the #1 hardest and most dangerous sport out there.

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    • Lydia says:

      I find myself entertained, not by the obviously athletic cheerleaders, but by someone utterly desperate to not admit all star cheer is a sport. Upon reading comments I giggled when someone said poster had witty comments I mean really rude sarcasm is not witty nor is it educated. We’ve found an angry man who hates cheerleaders for some reason. I feel bad for anyone who is in such a bad place that they get online to try to put their hurtful opinion out there. It’s obvious this is personal there are many reasons it could be so I won’t bother to guess.
      I get why you’re desperate for cheer not to be a sport. The girls often are gorgeous (not required though) the boys chase them often choosing them over all others, and these little athletes are often smiley and successful in school and life. I’ve watched all star cheerleaders walk into varsity sports knocking out players that have been playing for years.
      It’s classic… and sad that someone was at this extreme point with hate and jealousy to write such a venemous piece. Obviously no one will convince them otherwise because they are trying to attract both trolls and other generally unattractive unpopular people that are trying to find themself superior in some way. I have no doubt that all star cheer will be recognized as a sport in it’s time. 10-20 years ago cheer probably shouldn’t have been considered a sport except maybe a couple teams…. not so much now it’s on a completely different level. My little girl quit gymnastics team to do cheer and had A LOT to learn. I have no doubt that she will be recruited with scholarships for college and on top of it guess what she’s at in school the top of her class.
      I was watching the olympics today and seeing how elements of all star cheer are all over in figure skating, the needle while they spin, heel stretches etc. Then I watched the gymnasts floor routines which looked super similar to my daughters individual.
      Anyone who can’t see it’s a sport has blinders on. There are many reasons, maybe a cheerleader dumped them, maybe they were rejected, maybe they were kicked off a starter position by a cheerleader, and the most likely is that they have never watched true all star cheer. I watch men convert at every single competition. Enjoy your closeminded views but remember being judgmental and hateful is far more hurtful to yourself than to others cheerleaders, their coaches and family members already know they don’t need your reinforcement.

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  70. Emma says:

    I used to think cheerleading wasn’t a sport as well. I thought they were exactly how movies portrayed them. Even though I was not as rude or ignorant as you are, I see where you’re coming from. When I started cheer I only did it because I was bored and wanted to try something new. I didn’t realize how physically challenging it would be. I am a base so I do most of the lifting and throwing. Everyday we have practice and every morning I am exhausted, sore, and I can barely move. I have to sleep with a wrist brace on every night because of the pain. And to whoever said that cheerleading conditioning is just leg kicks, guess again. We do a series of squats, push ups, sit ups, crunches, and much more. I’m not saying that cheering on the side lines of a game is a sport but I’m saying that competition has the qualities to be one. I know it’s not a sport officially but it challenges you more than some other “sports”. Also, cheerleaders aren’t those dumb skimpy girls that people think they are. I am a straight A student as are most of the girls on my team. Cheerleading is also very dangerous. I have been injured many time due to cheer. In fact just yesterday I was elbowed in the face twice by a girl that was coming down from a stunt. My lip was very swollen and my mouth bleed a lot. My friend on the team has a very severe concision from cheer, and my other friend got one tooth knocked out and chipped another one at cheer. I would like any of you to come to just one of my practices and see if you can take it. I know cheerleading isn’t classified as a sport, but all I’m saying is it has all the qualifications to be one. And you my friend shouldn’t be arguing with people about how it’s not a sport if you’ve never done it yourself, regardless of how many times you’ve “watched it”.

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  71. Emma says:

    No I haven’t and I’m not saying cheer is a sport I’m just saying it has the qualifications to be one

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  72. Marissa says:

    All of you who are saying that cheer is not a sport because we just stand there and clap, have obviously never seen or heard of competition cheer. I agree completely that sideline cheer is not a sport. But competitive cheer? Of course! As someone who plays volleyball, and is also a competitive cheerleader, I’d say that competitive cheer is definitely harder. Please know your facts and try, or at least watch, competitive cheer before you judge it.

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    • admin says:

      It may well be harder. It may well be that you have to try harder to keep a straight face while doing it. Sadly, its hardness does not make it a sport.

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  73. ally says:

    you are just saying this because you have no idea what cheerleading is!!!!! You have probably never taken enough interest to watch a competition or try the sport! I know that you are a boy, but there are still plenty of young men out there who do it. And if you are an adult you can still try a higher level team for adults!!!!!!!! This quote, “A bunch of ill-dressed soi-disant dancers were being presented as a legitimate alternative to people who set a ball, spike a ball and roll around on hard surfaces in an attempt to prevent that ball from hitting the ground.” has made me so mad that when i was writing my research paper all i had to do was read this and i was so mad i wrote the paper in 2 hours, and got a 100%. You really need to do more research!! Then write a post!!!!

    P.S.
    YOU HAD A SPELLED SOMETHING WRONG!! DUMBY

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  74. Sara says:

    Chris Matyszczyk, whoever you are.. you are completely ignorant and obviously know absolutely nothing about cheerleading.

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  75. Anon says:

    Thank you for your interesting views on cheerleading. I believe that you are truly just ignorant of the subject, which is fine, as the world is filled with quite a few ignorant people. I’m just curious what your argument is with this- what makes cheerleading different from gymnastics, ,or say figure skating? Colleges seem to be understanding that cheer is a sport, since they are now offering full scholarships for it. School cheer is most definitely not a sport, but all-star cheer most definitely is. Anyways, as stated above, just curious about your gymnastics vs. cheer view. Or do you not believe that gymnastics (or figure skating, or golf for that matter) is a sport? Thanks!

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    • admin says:

      Try history, class, universality, charm, visual spectacle. Along those parameters, your little recreation fails like an amorous drunk at closing time.

      It’s odd that you reach for the crutch of accusing ignorance. Somehow, I suspect, you know little of nuclear physics, but I have a feeling you’re fairly sure it’s a worthy pursuit.

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  76. If your a cheerleader and you want to be considered an athlete just become a gymnast. Gymnastics is more difficult and also considered a sport. But if your not that committed, then accept the fact that it’s not a sport. Anyways why do you guys care if it is a sport? Does that give you more credibility? Lastly, I’m just going to throw out that I have never been a gymnast or cheerleader. I can do everything that they do and have figured it out on my own time, while playing another sport.

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  77. Aslyn says:

    Ok so first off, I am a club soccer player at the highest level for my age. I am friends with many cheerleaders for my soccer and one “competitive” cheerleader. I notice how in many of these comments you say, “oh, come to one of my practices and you would be out of breath in 5 minutes”. But I am both a soccer player and a cross country and track runner. I have a 6 pack and much thicker muscles than any “competitive” cheerleader that I have ever met. I have also seen the practices, and they do not in any way compare to mine for soccer or any other real sport that I have participated in. I do realize that “you don’t lift weights, you lift people” but often this person is the lightest on the team and is held up by several people. And let’s talk about the uniforms. When a girl plays a real sport, she doesn’t wear makeup or have her hair in a pretty bow. Her goal is not to look fake, but to win. Cheerleaders basically only care about how they look. And also, in my personal opinion, I think that all “competitive” cheerleaders are just rejected gymnasts who need something to do. Not to compare being a gymnast to being a cheerleader- I know a professional gymnast and she is the definition of a true athlete, unlike whatever athletes cheerleaders think that they are. And also, I had a friend who was a good cheerleader who played soccer for the first time and said that their was no comparison. Soccer is a real sport, unlike cheerleading. She’s not going back, by the way.

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  78. Elyssa says:

    Cheer is not some sissy little thing girls do just to wear glitter and get dressed all cute. How dare you judge us so harshly when you don’t even know half of what we do. We work our asses off. Yes some teams strictly support their high school or college athletic teams at games, but that’s not our main priority. We compete against one another. Those who are good enough to do so. My college cheer team competes at UCA nationals in Orlando, Florida each year and ranked 3rd in the nation this year. It is a legitimate competition with score sheets, judges, rules and regulations, time limits to present our skills, competitors in our division, and an awards ceremony all of which is aired on ESPN yearly after nationals. ESPN shows high school nationals, college nationals, and worlds. We sweat, we cry, we bleed, we get injuries just the same as any other sport. Cheer is dangerous and that’s why most schools and associations choose to keep us as a club-sport or whatever because we are a “liability”. Do you think it’s easy forcing yourself to flip your entire body upside-down and backwards? How about flipping in the air and trusting your teammates 20 feet below you to catch you? We are power tumblers, we are heavy weight lifters, and we are skilled in a specific art that many people will never be able to do. Have any of you ever looked up University of Kentucky’s co-ed D1 team?! Have you looked up Cheer Extreme Senior Elite, Rockstar Beatles, Cali Smo-Ed, Lady Bullets, Maryland Twisters F5, Sting Ray Orange, Cheer Athletics Panthers, Team USA All-girl. You cannot watch their videos and try to claim that what they are doing isn’t physically strenuous. These teams practice to no end. These girls and guys are ripped and chiseled. We have to overcome our fears in order to be the best. You don’t want to throw your full? Then we’ll go find someone else who will. We struggle and work hard daily. Cheer has changed and come a long way from those silly girls waving pom-poms and kicking their legs around doing kart wheels. I would love to see all the discriminators practice with us for a week and then tell me we’re not serious, devoted hard working people. NCAA does not consider us a sport because our main priority is not competition. We cheer and support our athletic teams first and competition comes second. In all reality, we don’t have to come and cheer for any of you! We do it because we care. Nobody does little “kicks” and stupid “woohoos” to the crowd and if they do then they need to get with the program. We try to pump up the crowd and keep the energy high and if we weren’t there the game would be boring, especially if the team is losing. If you don’t think so then fine. Go get people to sign a petition to say they don’t want cheerleaders at the games anymore and see how many people you will get to sign it because I’m sure there won’t be many to support your cause. My school respects us. As should you. I’m sure the people on the curling team wouldn’t last a week at my practices.

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    • admin says:

      Oh, Lordy. Yes, it’s physically strenuous. So is lugging coal. Yes, you sweat, you cry, you bleed. Because you’re so badly dressed.

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  79. Fallon says:

    Who even r u?

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  80. Kirsten says:

    It is quite obvious most of you have not seen an elite All Star Program. So let me do you a favor and show you,
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YncPTI54hEs
    Watch this and tell me how this is not a sport, you won’t be able to, because you’ll be so amazed with the amount of technique and strength these athletes have in this 2 minute and 30 second performance.

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  81. Kirsten says:

    Maybe now, you’ve came up with the excuse that they are only that good because there is male cheerleaders. So here is all girl team for you.

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  82. Wade says:

    who hurt you? ya know, like when you were young :P

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  83. Wade says:

    who hurt you? ya know, like when you were young

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  84. If you would have done more research on the topic before sharing your ignorant opinion you would know why cheerleading isn’t an official sport. Cheerleading is not a sport because it doesn’t meet one out of the six criteria. That one criteria being “The primary purpose is competition verses other teams or individuals within a competition structure comparable to other ‘athletic’ activities.” There are all star teams that have a primary purpose of competition. They should be separated from the sideline cheerleaders and be an official sport. Do some research and look at the links I have provided for you, and next time you want to write an article, do a little more research so you don’t look like an idiot. “In case you didn’t realize, there is a hefty chunk of irony and sarcasm to my writing.” I bet you wrote this post for attention and to get a lot of people pissed off. It is a good tactic for getting traffic on your blog.

    http://www.varsity.com/event/1262/being-a-cheerleader-sport
    https://www.aacca.org/content.aspx?item=Resources/Test.xml
    http://cheerleading.about.com/od/skillsandabilities/a/031002a.htm
    http://www.teenink.com/nonfiction/sports/article/15172/Cheerleading-is-a-Sport/

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  85. rachael says:

    I think you are just bitter the cheerleaders never wanted to date your ugly, bitter ass so you have to tear down others to make yourself feel better. I doubt you play any sports, you look highly unathletic so you have no room to talk. I feel sorry for you.

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    • admin says:

      Oh, dear. Now it’s that cheerleaders never wanted to date me. Good Lord, the desperation is sweet. Your badly-dressed, dreary, provincial recreation just isn’t a sport. Is that terribly hard to deal with?

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  86. me says:

    This is by far the most uneducated, biased and most ignorant blog post i’ve ever read. Not only is your opinion completely wrong, but it is the fact that you have no actual real information shows that you have done no research whatsoever and know nothing about cheerleaders or the many branches of cheerleading. Well done my friend, well done.

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    • admin says:

      Oh, but I’ve learned a lot about the many branches of offended cheerleaders who are desperate for their recreation to be called a sport. This has, indeed, been an education.

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  87. Carly says:

    You don’t get it do you? The exact definition of sport is “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.” Do you not think cheerleading is hard? So you can do everything that cheerleaders do? You can throw someone in the air and catch them, you can do all the tumbling, and hit all the jumps, just like a level 5 cheerleader? When 2 years ago I did basketball and allstar cheer together. I was much more tired after cheer than basketball. I get that you think you’re right, and that’s great that you “think” that. But for those of you who don’t look of you who don’t think cheer is a sport because you can’t “get hurt” in cheer or whatever, you’re dead wrong. First off, look up California Allstars Aces Accident.
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pqAWUe1j5Zc
    They had a tumbling collision, where both girls hit heads.
    But people like you who openly disregard the feelings of other people who work hard on this sport make me sick. And of your comments brings this to my attention: tumbling is the same as gymnastics, since obviously you didn’t know. So already cheerleading is a sport because it has gymnastics in it. And if you say gymnastics isn’t a sport for some odd reason, yes it is because it is in the Olympics for starters. But then you go and add jumps, and stunting and that really makes it a sport.
    I’m not saying your opinion doesn’t matter, or doesn’t count cause that’s not the case. Just keep it in mind that cheerleaders work just as hard as football players do. Cheerleaders put sweat and blood into this sport, and they give up any hope of having good knees when they’re older. But just look at this cheer team, (Cheer Athletics Cheetahs) and then tell me that they don’t look like they’re not working hard or they’re not trying their best. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rDqGaIMhCpU

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    • admin says:

      You don’t get it, do you? Effort makes not a sport. And sport is defined by whatever I happen to think is a sport. Frustrating for you, I know.

      Cheerleading is just a recreation.

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  88. Teaghan says:

    I hate the person who wrote this… Cheerleading is not an activity it is a SPORT. we can twist going backwards with no hands. I’ve never ever seen any other sport do that other than gymnastics. You don’t Know anything. This article may be true for sideline cheer,but all star cheer or competitive cheer is much different. F*ck this article and f*ck all the people who agree.

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  89. Beth says:

    I’m sorry cheer’s not a sport? Okay, let me see your standing full. Yeah, I didn’t think so. What about your front-punch step out backhandspring whip arabian roundoff handspring whip doub? Ummmm yeah. Don’t even THINK about insulting something that you know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about. Can you one-man a double-up ticktock pike out? Oh, no? Boohoo. Athletes lift weights. Cheerleaders lift athletes. Think about THAT next time you decide to post your disgustingly misinformed opinions online.

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    • admin says:

      Oh, dear. Another one who claims that something being allegedly difficult makes it a sport. It’s almost touching. Almost.

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  90. Anon. says:

    Look. I don’t know how many sports you’ve played but, is one of the hardest SPORTS in the country. I see your point in school cheer maybe. All-star cheer can make you stronger than a football player in legs and arms if you train a lot. If our country considers bowling and ice skating and golf a sport then cheer is most definitely a sport. Cheer has been VOTED one of the most dangerous contact SPORTS. Golf people drive around in carts and hit a ball every few minutes but, that is considered a sport. Dance and gymnastics are both sports so why do people consider cheer not a sport too? In my own opinion you need to be quiet and stop saying stuff about competitive cheer if you’ve never done it! If i’ve never played football I don’t go around telling people that it’s not a sport. I believe that most of the people on this article will be in support of this statement. and against yours.

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  91. Kaila says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgyouxZ6L98

    This argument is entirely ignorant. I’s funny how people think how right they are about something they literally do not understand let alone do. These are the current world champions in one division for 2014. Instead of arguing my point, this video and all the ones related to it from worlds speak for themselves. When you can do let alone name anything happening in this video, you can let me know how easy it is and how you could clearly “put on a frilly skirt and prance around the sidelines.”

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    • admin says:

      Thank you for your comment, bathed as it was in such elevated erudition. I don’t need to be an artist to know art when I see it. In the appreciation of sport, just as of art, there is an aspect of taste. Sadly, this is something the proselytizers of your recreation fail to grasp.

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      • Kaila says:

        The way that someone conveys what they would like to argue has nothing to do with what they are arguing. Instead of attacking the way an opponent speaks, you should instead focus on the entirely incorrect accusations of your original article, rather than hiding behind acute details of someone’s grammatical and linguistic choices. You tried to use the Quinnipiac Court Ruling as evidence that the judge”has slapped down the very idea that cheerleading is, should be or even can be a sport.” This is ironic considering in articles written on this, the authors quote the judge as he admitted that competition cheerleading has the potential to soon be considered a sport. Your entire article is fully opinion based and has no logical evidence whatsoever to back up any claims, resulting in copious amounts of logical fallacies. Your argument is entirely incomplete. You mentioned how the first bachelorette was a cheerleader. This in no way disqualifies cheerleading as a sport but rather disqualifies your argument of having any credibility whatsoever. When other people have attacked cheerleading, they simply say that the only reason cheerleading is not considered a sport is because the primary purpose is not competition. Although this argument is not even legitimate due to the fact that competition cheerleading occurs in a private gym in which many if not all of the athletes there have never even seen the sidelines of a football field. In your case however, you do not base anything off of fact and simply do not know enough about competitive cheerleading to deem yourself educated enough in this matter to qualify the sport as not a sport. Instead of attacking 17 year olds who work insanely hard and mainly fight for its recognition as a sport for safety reasons, you should do more research on this topic before you claim something completely incorrectly.

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        • admin says:

          Oh, Kayla. I really don’t like your use of “off of.” It’s a touch ugly, not unlike your recreation. To judge something a sport, it requires taste. I shudder when I see what cheerleaders wear.

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  92. Mark says:

    YOU’RE STUPID!!! CHEERLEADING IS NOT CLUTCHING MEGAPHONES ARE YOU DARDY OR NAWWWWWWWWWWW!!!! YOU’RE SO STUPID YOU DON’T KNOW ANYTHANG BOUT COMPETITIVE CHEERLEADING WE WORK OUR BOOTYS OFF WE DON’T JUST CHEER FOR RATCHET FOOTBALL PLAYERS THANK YA VURY MUCH BYE NOW YOU REPULSIVE ATROCIOUS DARD TRY DOING A FRONT WALKOVER ROUND OFF ARABIAN WHIP DOUBLE DOUBLE DOUBLE TURN ROUND OFF HANDSPRANG PUNCH FRONT

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    • admin says:

      Thank you for that exposition of, um, intelligence.

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      • kenna says:

        admin. i have been reading these comments and i can see where you are coming from. and i can conclude that you obviously dont think cheerleading is a sport..but you arent going ot change peoples minds at all.I am a cheerleader and I personally believe that cheerleading is a sport..but there are parts of it that can be put together as making it.. not a sport. Competitive cheerleading is diffrent from recreational cheerleading or sideline cheerleading. In competitive cheerleading we tumble (which is extremely hard) and lift girls in the air. sideline cheerleading is diffrent..but anyway.. Im not saying youre wrong, im just saying you may be under estimating cheerleading of what it truly is. Dont get me wrong. I am not saying i disagree completely..but i am saying that cheerleading is a sport. Thanks for reading!

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        • admin says:

          Thank you for your reasonable and well reasoned comments. I happen to think competitive cheerleading is no more a sport than competitive arguing with your lover. But I am glad to hear your pleasant tones that are so different from the shrill shrieks of the badly-dressed.

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          • Dee Dee says:

            I would just like to say, a 150-pound cheerleader burns 364 calories and hour while a 150-pound FOOTBALL player only burns 328 calories an hour. I’m not saying that football isn’t a sport, I’m just saying that all-star cheerleading is just as much of a sport as football. And just wondering, have you done every physical activity? If not, then who are you to judge what is a sport and what isn’t? And if golf, nascar, and ping-pong are sports, why wouldn’t cheerleading be considered a sport too? Gymnastics is a sport and dance is a sport and cheerleading is a combined version of both.

          • admin says:

            The amount of calories you would spend hopping from one end of a mall parking lot to the other might exceed 365 calories an hour. Would that make mall parking lot-hopping a sport?

            Since when has calorie-burning defined a sport?

            And seeing as you ask, yes I did play sport. At quite a high level.

            Cheerleading is a recreation with terrible, terrible clothing.

  93. Emma says:

    Alright. I did cheerleading for three years, until one day I thought, “Wow, this is dumb. Why am I doing this?” So I waited until the season ended and quit cheering. Now, I’m doing cross country. I remember when we would warm up in cheerleading by running 1/2 a mile, and people would complain/not be able to finish. Today, I ran 6 miles. When my team came back, the sideline cheerleaders were practicing cheers on one of the schools fields. At the end of the cheer (which, I may add, included “We’re really hot & gonna make your body rock) one of them yelled, “I WANT WATER ITS HOT AND ITS BEEN 30 MINUTES WITHOUT IT” …. My team and I all looked at each other, and one of them asked me, “Do you miss that?” I obviously responded, “He’ll no.”

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  94. Molly says:

    I did allstar for 3 years, and honestly, it’s not a sport. Now I do track, swim, and soccer, and I am way more in shape than i ever was as a competitive cheerleader.

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